At this time a year ago, the expectation was for the Detroit Lions to open the 2012 season with Louis Delmas and Amari Spievey starting at safety. By the time the regular season arrived, neither was in the starting lineup. Delmas was out after having knee surgery shortly after the start of training camp, whereas Spievey lost his spot in the starting lineup after being benched in the preseason. Perhaps dealing with the effects of a concussion for most of the offseason contributed to Spievey taking a step back on the field.

Delmas eventually returned from his knee injury, but he wasn't able to consistently stay in the lineup. He only ended up playing in eight games for the Lions, but that was actually better than Spievey, who only played in five games. Spievey actually recaptured his starting job, but another concussion ended his season early.