ALLEN PARK — The Lions have gotten through the first 11 days of training camp with no major injuries. Instead they are dealing with hamstrings, camp knees and minor afflictions.
Safety Louis Delmas is taking it easy as a precaution with his knee. Wide receiver Ryan Broyles, who is coming off ACL surgery, had Wednesday off for maintenance.
“We’ve been fortunate so far, but I think you just got to go practice. Injuries are a part of this game,’’ Lions coach Jim Schwartz said. “You have to be able to deal with them when they come and you have to be able to have some depth and adjust and be prepared.”
Around the league this has not been the case.
Chicago Bears cornerback Kelvin Hayden is out for the season with a torn hamstring.
The Saints have lost wide receiver Joe Morgan to a torn pectoral.
Green Bay left tackle Bryan Bulaga is out for the season with a torn ACL and he is not alone. Torn ACLs seems to be all the rage.
Here’s a list of other NFL players who will miss the season with torn ACLs
— San Diego projected starter Danario Alexander.
— Saints defensive end Kenyon Coleman (with a torn meniscus and partially torn ACL) and linebacker Victor Butler.
— Eagles receivers Jeremy Maclin and Arrelious Benn.
— Broncos center Dan Koppen.
Schwartz is not tallying up the injuries, thinking the healthy Lions will have any type of advantage. For one, there are still four preseason games left to play and Schwartz has been around.
“I remember I was in Cleveland and Rod Woodson, our biggest rival was Pittsburgh, and we were expected to battle for the division. Rod Woodson tore his ACL in the first game of the year and it was like ‘OK, that’s going to be the one that does it.’ They still went to the Super Bowl. He actually came back and played in that Super Bowl game,’’ Schwartz said.
“Injuries are a part of this. Next man up and you have to be able to go. We’re worried about ourselves right now. We’re not worried about what’s happening with other teams. We’re not worried about balance of power or anything else. We’re trying to go install our stuff, practice, be prepared, and play the best we can play,’’ he added.