Lions safety Louis Delmas most likely won't see much if any action in the exhibition season opener against the Jets on Friday. But by all accounts he's on track to be ready for Week 1 against the Vikings.

And that has been the plan all along.

"I feel like I could go out there and play on Friday" Delmas said Tuesday. "Like I've been telling my coaches this is the best I've felt in two years. I don't know how much of a compliment that is but it's a big compliment to me."

After taking part in every drill Sunday Delmas came back from the team's day off Monday and worked in individual drills and most of the first 7-on-7 period before shutting it down.

The Lions have Delmas on a strict regimen trying to find a balance between getting him ready for the season and not aggravating the tendinitis in his surgically repaired left knee.

"It's a great plan" he said. "It's working for me and keeping me healthy. The most important thing is the first game of the season and I definitely think I'm going to be ready."

Delmas 26 was asked if he thought he'd ever get back to a point where he could practice every day without limitation.

"Of course" he said. "I feel like I can do that now. But you have to be smart. I felt like I could do that last year and look what happened. This year we are taking a different approach. We're being a lot smarter."