Lions-Rams: No go for Delmas, Houston

As training camp approached this summer, the Detroit Lions appeared set at cornerback with Chris Houston and Aaron Berry. At safety, they figured to start veterans Louis Delmas and Amari Spievey.

As of Thursday morning, it appeared none of them will be on the field Sunday when the Lions open the season against the St. Louis Rams. Neither Houston (ankle) or Delmas (knee) were seen Thursday morning during the portion of Lions practice open to reporters, and it seems unlikely that either will make a quick-enough turnaround to play in a game now three days away.

Veteran Drayton Florence, rookie Bill Bentley and Jacob Lacey figure to comprise the Lions' nickel defense. (Berry was released shortly before training camp.) Meanwhile, the Lions' starting safeties for some time have been John Wendling and Erik Coleman, with Spievey serving a backup role.

Of course, as we discussed Wednesday, this really isn't an occasion for hand-wringing. The Rams were the NFL's lowest-scoring team a year ago and figure to emphasize their running game early this season with tailback Stephen Jackson. If there were a time on the Lions' schedule to absorb multiple injuries in their secondary, it's Week 1.