It was the second NFL game of
Both players knew what was coming next. They both lowered their head and the resulting hit is one Delmas has never forgotten.
"I almost gave myself a concussion," said Delmas reflecting back on the hit. "I have yet to have a bigger hit than that."
Both players stopped dead in their tracks. Delmas got up and talked a little trash -- like Louis Delmas does -- Peterson tapped Delmas on the helmet and returned to the huddle.
In that moment there was a mutual respect built between both players.
Hanging in Delmas' living room right now is a signed jersey Peterson gave him two years later when the Lions traveled to Minnesota in 2011.
"He gave me the jersey and told me he respected how I played the game," Delmas said.
It's the same respect Delmas has for the reigning NFL MVP.
"You ever seen a horse coming full speed at you and you're the only one that has to tackle him? Man," Delmas said with a laugh.
There isn't a challenge Delmas will ever back down from on a football field. He plays with reckless abandon for his own personal well being.
It's why he's respected by both coaches and players the way he is around the league. It's that mentality that makes situations like the one in 2009, and the game he's about to play Sunday, so much fun for the fifth-year pro out of Western Michigan.
"I'm excited," Delmas said. "I put my hat up and take every challenge I face. We'll see what happens."
Peterson has the greatest combination of speed, power and quickness for a running back since Eric Dickerson, who, coincidentally, still holds the NFL single-season record with 2,105 rushing yards. It's a record Peterson nearly broke last year when he finished with 2,097.
It's the reason priority No. 1 for Delmas and Co. is to first stop Peterson come Sunday.
"Our whole mindset is that every person on this defense has to stop No. 28," Delmas said. "That's our main focus. We know the Vikings and they win with Adrian Peterson.
"They've got a couple of big receivers who can run really fast. I'm not down-talking their receiving corps at all. I'm not down-talking their quarterback or the second-team running back at all, but I know we're facing a Hall of Fame running back and the most important and best running back in the league right now. Therefore, our main focus is on him and nobody else."
SUH FOR CAPTAIN
The players voted for team captains on Monday and head coach Jim Schwartz said he'd announce the results of the ballot-style voting on Friday.
Suh, who's entering his fourth year with the Lions, has taken on a much bigger leadership role with veterans Kyle Vanden Bosch and Corey Williams no longer on the team and wants to be a captain this year.
It's Suh's defensive line now, and he's hoping a "C" on his jersey represents that.
"I'd be lying to you if I didn't say (I wanted to be a captain)," Suh said Wednesday. "Anybody in any situation of mine ... it's always really something prideful that you can take. Something that's an honor. Something that you can appreciate that your teammates, in essence, look up to you and they want you to lead them.
"Regardless of whether I do have it ... coaches have said it many times in our team meetings, 'Just because you don't have a "C" on your chest doesn't mean you're not a leader.'"
All the same, Suh would still prefer the "C".
The Lions made it official Wednesday when they put running back
The Lions tapped a familiar face to take his spot on the roster when they re-signed veteran linebacker
McIntosh's brief release left the Lions with just five linebackers for Sunday's game, which would have been a little dangerous. He was already on the practice field Wednesday.
The Detroit Lions continued on-field preparations for Sunday's home opener vs. Minnesota and did so again without rookie defensive end Ziggy Ansah.
Ansah, the No. 5-overall pick in the draft, hasn't practiced since Aug. 24.
The good news regarding the team's No. 1 overall pick is that Ansah was running with trainers off to the side, which could be a good sign that he's getting close to returning.
Louis Delmas took part in the portion of practice open to the media for a second consecutive day. It's the first time he's taken part in practice in back-to-back days this year.