ALLEN PARK — Safety Louis Delmas said he’s still on schedule to play in the regular season even though his practice time has been extremely limited. He did not practice again on Tuesday.
“It’s just I’m trying to get into the preseason,’’ Delmas said on Tuesday. “I’m kind of doubtful about it, but I still want to get out there and participate with my teammates before a regular season game.’’
Delmas is still dealing with a sore left knee that kept him out of eight games last season following surgery last August. He missed all of the preseason games a year ago and was inactive until the fifth regular season game.
This year there’s a new wrinkly with new players on the secondary including safety Glover Quin. He and Delmas should adjust quickly but they haven’t even spent much time on the practice field.
“Is it important for me to get out there? Yes, but is it wise? Right now I don’t think so,’’ Delmas said. “I’m doing everything I can to play mentally and physically on and off the field.’’
Delmas warmed up prior to the preseason opener on Friday night, but the decision had already been made to keep him out of the game. It’s highly unlikely he will play Thursday at Cleveland.
Delmas missed all of the offseason workouts because of the knee. From the first day of training camp, coach Jim Schwartz made clear that Delmas would not practice every day. Instead he would be on a program to prepare him for the first regular season game on Sept. 8.