The Detroit Lions don't have much to celebrate, having entered their bye week at 1-3. Wednesday, however, brought a ray of sunshine: Safety Louis Delmas practiced for the first time in more than two months. Barring a setback, the timing of Delmas' reappearance suggests he will be available for the Oct. 14 game at the Philadelphia Eagles.
Delmas last practiced July 31 and had left knee surgery Aug. 7. The Lions initially hoped the surgery would get him back on the field in time for the start of the regular season, but it has obviously taken longer than expected. The exact nature of the injury has not been revealed.
The Lions' pass defense has not given up a ton of yards in his absence. But the Lions are one of two teams without an interception over the first four games; the Oakland Raiders are the other. Opposing quarterbacks are completing 66.1 percent of passes against them, tied for the seventh-highest mark in the league.