Lions S Louis Delmas says his knee is '88 to 90 percent right now'

6/27/13 in NFL   |   BrianMaddock   |   1429 respect

FanIQ | Sports Rumors, Gossip, Blogs, News & Discussion ForumsDetroit Lions safety Louis Delmas didn’t have much to update on the status of his knee injury when he talked to the media a while back. At that time, Lions coach Jim Schwartz too had no specific timeline as to when Delmas might be able to return to the field after being held back by the knee injury during OTAs and minicamp this offseason.
 
Not much has changed in that regard as Delmas discussed his knee injury again during an interview with ESPN 96.1 on Wednesday. One certain aspect that came out from the interview was that Delmas doesn’t expect himself to be ready in time for the Lions’ training camp. Delmas said he plans to use the time in training camp to work his knee back to 100 percent for the regular season, since he hasn’t made a full recovery at this point in the offseason.
 
“I’m feeling great. I’m not all the way back 100 percent yet, but I can go around the range of 88 to 90 percent right now,” Delmas said, via MLive.com. “I still got a long road ahead of me. I plan on going through camp, trying to build my knee up as much as possible so I can go into the season 100 percent.”
 
Delmas has dealt with recurring knee issues that have kept him out of 13 games over the past two seasons. He didn’t take a single snap this offseason, as backup Don Carey and newly-acquired safety Glover Quin manned the position during OTAs and minicamp. The Lions evidently didn’t have much hope that Delmas will be ready for training camp, or he won’t suffer any setbacks further into the summer since they signed veteran Chris Hope this week to add depth at the position. The team also has safeties Tyrell Johnson, Ricardo Silva, Amari Spievey, John Welding and Martavius Neloms on the roster. So far, Delmas has been impressed by the team the Lions have assembled this offseason and how they have overcome every adversity during training camp. However, it remains to be seen if Delmas’ knee will allow him do the same for the start of the 2013 season.
 
"This year, I do plan on going past the first round. Because we have the motivation and we have the confidence enough to not only overcome adversity, but defeat it,” said Delmas. "I haven't been this excited to play with a bunch of guys in a long, long, long time. Since my college days."
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