Saturday update: D’Andre Swift has been downgraded from questionable to doubtful due to his illness.
Friday AM update: The Lions will not have Swift at practice on Friday due to his non-Covid illness, per Chris Burke. The team sent him home for the day. OC Darrell Bevell said Swift could play on Sunday if he clears the illness, but he might be looking at a limited role given the missed time, per Kyle Meinke.
Thursday update part four: NFL news can sometimes give you whiplash and today we’ve received enough news on D’Andre Swift to keep us plenty busy. The latest is that Swift has now been cleared of his brain injury, per Tim Twentyman. And Swift’s absence from practice on Thursday was due to an illness instead of his concussion. This news makes Swift a fantasy start this week in a tough matchup with the Bears as long as his illness doesn’t become a problem for his status.
Thursday PM update: A sobering quote from Adrian Peterson after being asked about Swift on Thursday:
Adrian Peterson says D'Andre Swift hasn't been himself since suffering a brain injury, hasn't had the same energy level. Said it's been hard to watch. Swift did try to practice yesterday, was out today.— kyle meinke (@kmeinke) December 3, 2020
Thursday PM update: Swift wasn’t seen at practice on Thursday, per Kyle Meinke. We’ll need to see the official injury report, but Swift was at the start of practice on Wednesday. The lack of practice likely indicates some sort of setback for Swift, as he’s had trouble clearing protocol so far. We should expect to see Adrian Peterson and Kerryon Johnson at running back again.
Thursday AM update: Coach Darrell Bevell says that Swift is still going through concussion protocol, per Pride of Detroit. We’ll see how much practice he gets in today as he goes through protocol. He did get a limited practice in on Wednesday, so it looks like there is at least a chance he is cleared for the Bears game.
Detroit Lions running back D’Andre Swift hasn’t played since he suffered a concussion against the Washington Football Team in his first career start but could return to the field for his team’s Week 13 matchup against the Chicago Bears. Swift is set to return to practice Wednesday, according to the Detroit News’s Justin Rogers. He’s still being tested in protocol but the Lions are optimistic about him playing in their next game.
Swift ranks second in rushing attempts and yards for Detroit but shares the team high for rushing touchdowns (4) with Adrian Peterson. His most impressive performance of the year came when he made his lone start of the season in Week 10 against Washington. He rushed for 81 yards on 16 carries and caught five passes for 68 yards and a score.
Kerryon Johnson and Peterson will split work in the backfield if Swift isn’t cleared to play. Peterson appears to be Detroit’s preferred option near the goal line though, as he scored two touchdowns in short-yardage situations against the Houston Texans on Thanksgiving.