Black and Blue all over: A big hit from Delmas
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.
Continuing around the NFC North:
- The season is over for Lions safety Daniel Bullocks, who hasn't been able to overcome knee soreness, according to John Niyo of the Detroit News.
- Mike Vandermause of the Green Bay Press-Gazette breaks down the Packers' recent drafts. Vandermause: "After a blazing start in 2005 and 2006, in which five of six players taken in Rounds 1 and 2 eventually became starters, [general manager Ted Thompson] has run into a bit of a slump."
- Packers safety Nick Collins is trying not to focus on his contract situation, writes Jason Wilde of the Wisconsin State Journal.
- Chicago quarterback Jay Cutler took the full blame for his interception last week at Buffalo, writes Brad Biggs of the Chicago Sun-Times.
- Jeff Dickerson of ESPN Chicago examines why Frank Omiyale has overtaken Josh Beekman at left guard for the Bears.
- David Haugh of the Chicago Tribune wraps up the Bears' training camp, which breaks Thursday. Safety Al Afalava was the most impressive rookie and receiver Juaquin Iglesias was the most disappointing, according to Haugh.
- Judd Zulgad of the Star Tribune looks at how the Vikings' schedule might change after the acquisition of quarterback Brett Favre.
- Reebok employees are working overtime to stock Twin Cities stores with Favre jerseys, writes Sean Jensen of the St. Paul Pioneer Press.
- Will Favre get a chance to call audibles? Jensen asks the Vikings' former starter, Gus Frerotte.