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D’Andre Swift ruled OUT vs. Patriots in Week 5

We break down the news that D’Andre Swift has a shoulder injury. What it means for Week 5 and beyond.

D’Andre Swift #32 of the Detroit Lions gestures during the second half of the game against the Minnesota Vikings at U.S. Bank Stadium on September 25, 2022 in Minneapolis, Minnesota. Photo by Adam Bettcher/Getty Images

Friday PM Update: Swift has been ruled OUT for Sunday’s game.

Friday update: Swift isn’t practicing again. There’s little doubt he will sit out this week.

Thursday update: Swift is likely out again this week, per ESPN’s Jeremy Fowler. This isn’t surprising, as this has appeared to be the plan from the start. Jamaal Williams will again be a good fantasy play with Swift likely out.

Wednesday update: Swift did not practice today, and the Lions have not been optimistic about the running back’s chances of playing before the Week 6 bye. There’s a good possibility Swift doesn’t play against the Patriots, and we’ll get more clarity on that in the Thursday and Friday injury reports.

The Detroit Lions were without stud running back D’Andre Swift last week against the Seahawks due to a shoulder injury. This week he wasn’t practicing on Wednesday as the ready themselves for the Seattle Seahawks. Head coach Dan Campbell said last week that it might be best to wait until after the bye to give Swift some extra rest, but it was also reported that Swift was pushing hard to play in Week 4.

Fantasy football implications

With Swift out, Jamaal Williams has taken over the lead back job and has played very well. The odds remain poor that he’ll end up playing with the bye week on the horizon, but if he’s able to practice and get healthy, the team probably wouldn’t turn down his help.