Lions Get One Step Closer to Having Louis Delmas Back & More NFC News and Notes

Andrew Garda@andrew_gardaFeatured ColumnistOctober 4, 2012

NEW ORLEANS, LA - JANUARY 07:   Jimmy Graham #80 of the New Orleans Saints makes a catch against  Louis Delmas #26 of the Detroit Lions during their 2012 NFC Wild Card Playoff game at Mercedes-Benz Superdome on January 7, 2012 in New Orleans, Louisiana.  (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)
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Safety Louis Delmas is slowly making his way back to the lineup.

He practiced on Wednesday for the first time since camp and's Anwar Richardson says that how Delmas' knee feels after Wednesday's work will go a long way towards telling the Lions when they will get one of the best players on their secondary back.

After a disappointing start to the season, one of the many issues appears to be the secondary, which, aside from Chris Houston, is struggling.

It's not the biggest issue by far, but getting a veteran like Delmas back on the field will go a long way towards stabilizing the defense.

Even when he comes back—and we are still probably a couple of weeks away from that, if not more—it will take a little time for him to get back into game shape.

But just getting on the field could make a huge difference and the Lions need a spark. Delmas could help that.

Onto the rest of the NFC North.


Chicago Bears's Jeff Dickerson says it looks like this is the end of Chris Williams' Bears career.

Mark Potash of the Sun-Times says that offensive coordinator Mike Tice knows that one good game does not a successful offense make.

Bleacher Report's Tim Keeney gives you everything you need to know about the Bears-Jaguars game.


Detroit Lions

The Detroit News' John Niyo says that the Lions need to get the offense going if they are to turn the season around.

Tim Twentyman at says the team needs to find a way to extend drives.

The Lions' special teams are not all that special according to Bleacher Report's Drew Copley.


Green Bay Packers's Zach Kruse is back with some more first quarter grades—this time for the defense.

Jason Wilde of ESPN Wisconsin reports that BJ Raji was fined for throwing a punch against the Saints, but it could have been a lot worse.

Greg Jennings is still trying to overcome his groin injury, according to the Journal-Sentinel's Tyler Dunne.


Minnesota Vikings

Tom Pelissero of ESPN1500 reports that head coach Leslie Frazier knows the next four games are where the rubber meets the road.

The Pioneer-Press'  Bob Sansevere talks to defensive end Everson Griffen about what his goals are for an already strong season.

The Go Routes' Aaron Nagler says that all the Vikings are really doing is staying true to their head coach's philosophy.


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