With the win the Lions improved to 3-4 on the season, but it wasn’t all good news on Sunday.
Running back Mikel Leshoure and safety Louis Delmas both left the game in the third quarter with apparent leg injuries.
However, there has been little information released regarding Leshoure’s departure from the game, aside from what Jim Schwartz said in his postgame press conference.
"Leshoure really wasn’t an injury situation, Joique (Bell) was doing some good things for us and we were rotating our backs too." (via Detroitlions.com)
It’s hard to buy what Schwartz is selling here. Leshoure was playing well, with 10 carries for 64 yards and three catches for nine yards. If he wasn’t hurt, why wouldn’t he be on the field in the fourth quarter for at least a play or two?
Perhaps Leshoure had a minor issue with his leg and it wasn’t worth the risk of putting him back in the game. There has been no indication as to whether Leshoure will miss time.
Regardless, the Lions won and Joique Bell was effective with seven carries for 25 yards and four receptions for 33 yards.
On the defensive side it was Louis Delmas who went down. Delmas injured his left knee on the opening drive of the second half. Erik Coleman made two tackles after replacing Delmas, while fellow safety Amari Spievey did not play because of a head injury suffered against the Bears in Week 7.
According to Mike Florio of NBC Sports, X-rays on Delmas’ left leg were negative, but he will undergo an MRI and other testing Monday. Delmas missed the first four games of the season after undergoing surgery on the same knee in the offseason.
The 25-year-old has proven that he is one of the most important pieces of Detroit’s defense. The Lions have struggled in his absence, which includes the last five games of the 2011 season, along with the first four this season. In three games in 2012 Delmas has 13 tackles and one interception.