After already making a splash during the week of the NFL trade deadline by signing Mike Thomas, the Detroit Lions are actively looking for help in the secondary. The Lions are missing several players in their secondary, and appear ready to make an acquisition that will keep injury concerns at bay.
In last week’s win over the Seattle Seahawks, Lions starting safety Louis Delmas limped off the field and motioned for a replacement to enter the game in his place. Sunday was only the third game Delmas had played in the 2012 season after having knee surgery back in August. Delmas missed the end of the 2011 season for a knee injury as well.
In his three games during 2012, Delmas has 13 tackles, one pass deflection, and an interception. The Lions hold a 2-1 record when the safety is a starter. Along with being the foundation of the Lions secondary, Delmas is also a special teams player that has helped with this struggling area since his return.
The Lions face the Jacksonville Jaguars in Week 9. The Jaguars have the worst passing offense in the league with an average of 164 yards per game. Despite this low number, Blaine Gabbert did throw for 302 yards against the Green Bay Packers last week. An under experienced duo of Erik Coleman and Ricardo Silva could be lit up by a weak Jaguars team.
Delmas is officially listed as day-to-day for the Lions, but the big worry is the knee injury in the game was the same one that was just repaired. Delmas has had problems with both knees since entering the league in 2009. The Lions took Delmas in the second round with the 33rd overall pick.
Delmas is likely to miss Sunday’s matchup versus the Jacksonville Jaguars along with safety Amari Spievey, who sat out Sunday. The Lions currently have Coleman and Silva as their starting safeties. Expect the Lions to add a safety between Wednesday and Thursday if they have any shot at making the 2012 Playoffs.