Delmas returns to Lions practice; could play against Patriots

ALLEN PARK, Mich. (WXYZ) - Safety Louis Delmas practiced with the Lions for the first time since before the preseason opener, and is setting his sights on playing against the Patriots on Thursday at Ford Field.

"I think every game gives you a chance to actually see what you [can] definitely [do]," said Delmas. "This one definitely will let us know how we are as a defense and how we accept pressure.

"We're gonna win, we're gonna lose some. The fact of the matter is can we win more than losing?"

Jim Schwartz said that it's uplifting to see one of his leaders in the secondary return to practice.

"He makes his presence felt. We've missed him when he hadn't been on the field," said Schwartz. "He's worked very hard to get on the field in a limited time he's been able to. He's made the most of it. [We've] just got to plan as best we can, and see if we can push through this part for him." 

Delmas participated with the first-team defense on Monday, but sat out the remainder of practice to rest his left knee.

"If I can get in this game [against the Patriots on Thursday], I'll get into this game too, " said Delmas with a smile. "I love football. Every opportunity I have to get out there and play I will."

Should Delmas suit up on Thursday against Tom Brady and the Patriots, he would most likely sit out the Lions next game against the Buffalo Bills in Orchard Park, N.Y.

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