Peterson was told to prepare for a starting role Sunday against the Panthers, after D'Andre Swift entered the concussion protocol Thursday before being ruled out for the Week 11 contest a day later, Chris Burke of The Athletic reports.
With Swift sidelined, running backs coach Kyle Caskey said Peterson will "lead it off" in Sunday's game against the Panthers, per Chris Burke of The Athletic. Detroit also has Kerryon Johnson on hand, but he's been getting most of his snaps on passing downs, often serving as a blocker. Peterson is the best bet to get the Week 11 start and lead the team in carries, with Johnson and possibly Jonathan Williams handling lesser roles. The Lions have another game coming up four days later on Thanksgiving, which could make it difficult for Swift to avoid a second absence.