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Louis Delmas: I’m “reckless” but not “injury prone”

12/20/12 in NFL   |   IvanRogers   |   1352 respect

After spending time earlier this week on the sidelines with Detroit Lions tight end Brandon Pettigrew due to injury, Louis Delmas returned to practice in limited capacity in Thursday for the first time this week. Dealing with persistent knee issues the Detroit Lions safety could have easily opted to sit out the whole season rather than risk another injury with an at-the-end-of-season expiring contract and looming free agency, but Louis Delmas chose to return to the field even if for the last two games of the regular season. Louis Delmas insisted it was “a pride thing” which kept him going through the season. Although, he would also like to shut down a few critics who’ve been harping on the “injury prone” line after Louis Delmas missed the last 12 of Detroit Lions’ 19 games due to knee issues.
 
“That’s their opinion,” Louis Delmas said of the critics who called him injury prone. “As long as I know deep down inside that I’m doing everything I can to go out there and participate and play, then that’s all that matters.”
 
“I mean, I’m a reckless man. I go out there, and I throw my body around,” continued Louis Delmas, “but those people that are sitting there saying that can’t do what I do: I’m great at what I do.”
 
Louis Delmas’ health has been at its worst over the past 13 months.  First, Louis Delmas missed the finals five games of the 2011-12 regular season with a partial MCL tear in the right knee sustained during Thanksgiving, which eventually required surgery. Then, Louis Delmas again needed left knee surgery in August after being limited with a spell of tendinitis in training camp.
 
“Very frustrating,” Louis Delmas said of his struggles with knee issues, which withheld him from expressing his “passion” for football. “For me not to be able to go out here and participate with my teammates and do what I love the most, it hurts.”
 
But now that he’s on track with healing Louis Delmas sees a legitimate chance of his first set of back-to-back games since October. Louis Delmas expects to play in Saturday’s home game against the Atlanta Falcons.
 
“I just got to keep my mind right and my head straight,” said Louis Delmas, “and try to coach up when I’m not out there and try to play the best I can when I’m out there.”
 
Louis Delnas has played in just 6 of 14 games for the Detroit Lions this season. But when the former 2nd round pick out of West Michigan has been out on the field, Louis Delmas had an undeniable impact on the Detroit Lions’ secondary. Louis Delmas boats an incredible set of athletic abilities, coverage skills and speed that add versatility to an otherwise lacking Detroit Lions secondary.
 
The undoubted leader of the secondary Louis Delmas had seven tackles and an interception in his 14th October return from surgery, as the Detroit Lions (4-10) showcased one of their best defensive performances in 26-23 overtime win over the Philadelphia Eagles.
 
“I go out there, and I throw my body around,” Louis Delmas added in a last shot at his critics, while completely aware of his impact on the Detroit Lions secondary that sadly misses him too often. “I want to see them do that same thing, and if they can’t, they should keep their mouth shut.”
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