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NFL trade rumors: Lions trying to acquire a veteran safety, according to report

A knee injury for the Lions has them reportedly making phone calls to acquire a veteran safety.

Rich Schultz

After injuring his left knee again, the Detroit Lions are hesitant about the status of Louis Delmas and are in the market to acquire a veteran safety prior to the Thursday trade deadline, according to a report from Jason La Canfora of CBS Sports.

Delmas left in the third quarter of the Lions' 28-24 win over the Seahawks and was replaced with Erik Coleman. If Delmas was unable to start in a Week 9 game against the Jaguars, the Lions were expected to either start Coleman or Ricardo Silva in his place.

Following the win, the Lions have a 3-4 record and are fourth in the NFC North despite having the NFL's No. 2 offense and No. 9 defense in terms of yardage. The Lions pass defense ranks as the ninth best in yardage allowed and No. 17 in passing touchdowns allowed.

The trade deadline was originally set for Tuesday, but was moved back two days to Thursday after Hurricane Sandy forced the NFL to close the league office.