Allen Park — Detroit Lions head coach Jim Schwartz said Monday that he is not rushing safety Louis Delmas back onto the field as he recovers from a groin injury suffered in last month’s minicamp.
“We’re just going to take it day-by-day and see where he is,” he said. “I think when he’s ready we’ll still probably wait another day and make sure. Like I said – he’s in a little different position and it’s not so much – he doesn’t need a set-back. The urgency is to get him healthy and back, not to get him back right away.”
Schwartz said he was not worried about Delmas falling behind because of his ability to quickly re-condition his body.
“The rest of us, it’d take us six months to get back in shape,” he said. “You know, it might take him six hours. He walks through the weight room and all of a sudden looks good again.”
He also said that Delmas, who made a name for himself last year on the field with his energy and athleticism, is using that same enthusiasm on the sidelines.
“It’s easier (taking an active role) when you’re going in to practice on the next rep and you’re staying up but it’s a lot more difficult when you know that you’re not practicing at all that day,” he said. “But Louis wants to know the call not only for himself but he wants to watch the other players and be able to help those guys out.
"That’s an important part of what he does. He’s an emotional player, has a lot of good leadership qualities and we need to play with his personality on defense.”