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D’Andre Swift returns to practice Friday ahead of Week 2 vs. Commanders

We break down the news that D’Andre Swift says he will play. What it means for Week 2 and beyond.

D’Andre Swift #32 of the Detroit Lions looks on during the game against the Philadelphia Eagles at Ford Field on September 11, 2022 in Detroit, Michigan. Photo by Nic Antaya/Getty Images

Sep 16 noon update: Swift will return to practice today and will be considered questionable for Week 2, per Tim Twentyman. Swift is confident he’ll play, so we’ll lean that way until we’re told otherwise.

Sep 16 early update: Swift is adamant that he will play, saying “most definitely” when asked, per ESPN. It appears the team is being extra cautious with their star running back, as he played through the injury while having a big game in Week 1.

Sep 15 update: Swift was once again not practicing on Thursday due to an ankle injury, per Tim Twentyman. Jamaal Williams is looking better and better for fantasy this week.

Sep 14 Update: Swift was held out of practice due to an ankle injury, per the team’s official practice report.

The Detroit Lions came up just short against the Philadelphia Eagles in Week 1 of the NFL season. They’re set to play the Washington Commanders in their second game on Sunday, September 18. There is a chance they do so without running back D’Andre Swift. It could be just a veteran’s rest day, but Swift is not practicing on Wednesday, per Dave Birkett. The Lions did sign Justin Jackson to the active roster before practice, though.

Fantasy football implications

Swift had a great game in Week 1. He had 15 carries for 144 yards and a touchdown against the Eagles' defense. He also caught all three of his targets for 31 yards. Backup running back Jamaal Williams had 11 carries for 28 yards and two touchdowns and caught one of his two targets for two more yards.

Detroit was carrying three running backs on their active roster between Swift, Williams and Craig Reynolds. They added Jackson on Wednesday morning before practice to carry four running backs on the active roster. This is certainly a situation to monitor as there wasn’t anything that happened in the game to suggest Swift wasn’t healthy. Hopefully, it is just a veteran rest day.