Lions OTA's begin without Louis Delmas

ALLEN PARK, Mich. - The Lions are back on the field this week for organized team activities, but one player is far from Allen Park.

Safety Louis Delmas is away from the team recovering from injuries that kept him off the field at times last year. He was the only player on the team's 90-man roster not in-house Wednesday.

"We're in communication with Lou. He's not here right now going through this stuff, but there's nothing he could get out of this because he can't physically do the stuff we're doing right now," head coach Jim Schwartz said.

Schwartz said part of the reason he's not worried about Delmas' absence is his familiarity with the team's defensive scheme.

"Lou's in a little different position than a guy like Reggie Bush," he said. "The biggest thing with Lou is gonna be his health and that's what he's working on right now."

Delmas missed eight games last season after having surgery on his left knee. In 2011, he missed five games with an injured right knee.

He signed a two-year deal this offseason to stay in Detroit and is expected to start at safety this upcoming season.

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