May 21, 2012; Allen Park, MI, USA; Detroit Lions defensive back Louis Delmas (26) during organized team activities at Detroit Lions training facility. Mandatory Credit: Andrew Weber-US PRESSWIRE
Lions safety Louis Delmas underwent knee surgery on Tuesday. We break down fantasy implications for the Lions defense.
UPDATE: According to The Detroit Free-Press, Delmas is expected to miss the preseason, but should be back in time for the Lions' regular season opener agasint the Rams. John Wendling will take his place in the secondary.
Detroit Lions S Louis Delmas had surgery on his left knee on Tuesday. The team announced the surgery before Wednesday's morning practice, calling it a procedure to assist with soreness developed early in camp. Delmas missed the final five games of last season because of an injury to his right knee. Delmas, who is in his fourth season, has not practiced in a week. It certainly doesn't sound like he will play Friday against Cleveland.
Analysis: Detroit's pass defense wasn't great last season, and this injury certainly won't help if Delmas has to miss an extended period of time. He started 11 games last season for the Lions, who are capable of making big plays on defense but are also vulnerable to giving up big yardage totals (i.e. Matt Flynn and the Packers). The unit's overall fantasy values shouldn't be impacted too much, at least until there is a definitive timetable for his return.
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