Black and Blue all over: A big hit from Delmas

August, 20, 2009
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Posted by ESPN.com's Kevin Seifert

Detroit's training camp got a jolt Wednesday when rookie safety Louis Delmas put a big-league hit on running back Aaron Brown during a full-pads drill, causing a fumble and sending Brown sprawling to the turf near the sideline.

Players generally are asked to avoid such hits in practice to prevent injury, and media accounts report that coach Jim Schwartz told Delmas the hit was unnecessary. But I'm guessing no one was too upset to see the spurt of aggression from Delmas, who the Lions have been hoping would add some nastiness to their secondary. Defensive coordinator Gunther Cunningham admitted he smiled when he saw it, according to Nicholas J. Cotsonika of the Detroit Free Press:

"You shouldn't do that in practice, but I turned around and smiled. I loved every second of it. Boy, he blew him up. That's the kind of tackling we hope to get out of him."

Delmas had been limited during training camp because of a swollen knee and is just getting back to full participation in practice. He is expected to play Saturday at Cleveland.

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