Emotional Delmas a long way from returning to Lions practices

"I don't even wanna be here," he said Tuesday.

ALLEN PARK, Mich. - Louis Delmas sat down at his locker, full of emotion, and ready to empty his frustrations out on the field.

But the troubling fact is obvious: the Lions safety is far from playing, or even practicing, with his teammates.

Delmas missed eight games last season with a knee injury and has been sidelined ever since. He did not take part in OTA's and returned for minicamp only because of its mandatory status.

"I don't even wanna be here," he said after Tuesday's workouts.

Head coach Jim Schwartz said there it's too early to wonder if the Lions can count on the safety's contributions to the team this fall, but pointed out Delmas' return is still long-term.

"Patience is a very difficult thing when you're a player. It's difficult when you're a coach. It's difficult when you're fans. But for a player like Delmas, patience is the thing that he has to do right now," Schwartz said.

When he was made aware of Delmas discussing his frustrations with some of the writers on the field, Schwartz said Delmas will be on the field for the Lions 'sometime,' but it won't be during minicamp.

"He has to be patient enough to work through that and give it enough time to heal. You gotta take it as that comes and you can't get ahead of schedule."

Delmas' durability has become a tired subject when discussing the Lions defense. The oft-injured 26-year old has the talent to be a difference on the backend, but his time on the field has been limited to 23 games in the last two regular seasons.

In an effort to shore up the position, the Lions signed safety Glover Quin this offseason. Delmas spent time on the field talking with Quin, but the cohesiveness in drills will be lacking for a while.

"That communication between the safeties is important. That's something that we're missing," Schwartz said.

The Lions minicamp continues Wednesday before the final workout Thursday. Delmas will be on-hand, but will continue to watch from a distance.

Brad Galli is a Sports Reporter for WXYZ Detroit. Follow Brad on Twitter @BradGalli

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