Swift (concussion) is listed as inactive Thursday against the Texans.
Swift made some progress through the concussion protocol this week, wrapping it up with back-to-back limited sessions. Still, it wasn't enough to gain clearance to play. Swift will miss his second game in a row as a result, leaving Kerryon Johnson and Adrian Peterson to carry the load out of the Lions backfield. Swift's next chance to suit up arrives Sunday, Dec. 6 at Chicago.
Swift (concussion) is unlikely to play Thursday against the Texans, Adam Schefter of ESPN reports.
Confirmation of Swift's status will arrive when the Lions' inactives are released prior to the team's 12:30 ET kickoff. If Swift is unavailable, Adrian Peterson and Kerryon Johnson would be in line to lead Detroit's backfield Thursday.
Swift (concussion) is listed as questionable for Thursday's game against the Texans, Tim Twentyman of the Lions' official site reports.
Swift has wrapped up the Lions' Week 12 prep with back-to-back limited practice sessions after being listed as a non-participant Monday. The rookie running back remains in the league's five-step concussion protocol as of Wednesday, but he has a shot to gain full clearance prior to the Thanksgiving Day matchup. If Swift can't go, however, Kerryon Johnson and Adrian Peterson would lead Detroit's backfield.
Swift (concussion) was a limited particpant in Tuesday's walkthrough practice, Michael Rothstein of ESPN.com reports.
After being listed as DNP on Monday's practice estimate, Swift's limited session Tuesday signals that he's making progress in the league's five-step concussion protocol. The rookie second-round pick has a shot to play in the Thanksgiving Day game against Houston, but he'll first need to be cleared by an independent neurologist. If he's not cleared in time, Kerryon Johnson and Adrian Peterson figure to handle the backfield reps once again.
Swift (concussion) was listed as a non-participant on Monday's estimated injury report, Tim Twentyman of the Lions' official site reports.
The rookie second-round pick sat out Sunday's loss to the Panthers after entering the concussion protocol, and he'll only have a couple additional days to clear the protocol for Thursday's matchup with Houston. Swift likely will need to return to practice in some capacity in the next two days to have a chance of suiting up Thanksgiving Day. Kerryon Johnson played 70 percent of the offensive snaps and had eight touches for 38 yards from scrimmage with Swift sidelined against Carolina, while Adrian Peterson rushed six times for 17 yards.
Swift (concussion) won't play in Sunday's game against the Panthers, Justin Rogers of The Detroit News reports.
Swift entered the concussion protocol Thursday, giving him little-to-no chance to be ready for Sunday's game. It's also possible he misses a second contest, as the Lions have their customary Thanksgiving Day game next Thursday against the Texans. Adrian Peterson figures to serve as the lead ballcarrier while Swift is out, with Kerryon Johnson likely handling most of the passing situations. It's a tough break for the rookie after he busted loose for 149 total yards and a touchdown in Detroit's Week 10 win over Washington.
Head coach Matt Patricia acknowledged Friday that it will be "difficult" for Swift (concussion) to play Sunday against the Panthers, Dave Birkett of the Detroit Free Press reports.
Patricia noted that the Lions are "doing our diligence" with Swift, but with the game just a couple days away, the rookie has limited time to clear the NFL's five-step concussion protocol. The Lions will provide another update on Swift's status after Friday's practice comes to a close. If Swift is indeed unable to go Week 11, Adrian Peterson and Kerryon Johnson would be in line to split the bulk of the backfield work in some fashion.
Swift didn't practice Thursday after being diagnosed with a concussion.
Swift wasn't included on the Lions' initial Week 11 injury report that was released Wednesday, but he may have either picked up the concussion in practice that day or experienced delayed symptoms of the head injury coming out of last weekend's win over Washington. Whatever the case, Swift's entry into the NFL's five-step concussion protocol this late in the week will make it difficult for him to gain clearance ahead of Sunday's game against the Panthers, a disappointing development after the rookie appeared to lock down a three-down role by compiling 147 yards from scrimmage and a touchdown Week 10. Adrian Peterson and Kerryon Johnson would likely split reps out of the backfield if Swift isn't able to suit up in Carolina.
Swift logged 16 carries for 81 yards while catching all five of his targets for 68 yards and a touchdown during Sunday's 30-27 win over Washington.
In his first career start, Swift handled 21 touches compared to six between Adrian Peterson and Kerryon Johnson combined. While Swift's efficiency both through the air and on the ground against a solid Washington defensive front shouldn't give the Lions coaching staff any reason to go away from him, it's not certain the committee approach at running back is over in Detroit. How Swift is used in Week 11 against a declining Panthers defense will be telling.
Swift is expected to serve as Detroit's starting running back Sunday against Washington, Tom Pelissero of NFL Network reports.
According to Pelissero, the Lions still plan to use a three-man backfield mix that includes Adrian Peterson and Kerryon Johnson, but Swift will at least be on the field for Detroit's first play of the afternoon. The rookie had already seen his playing time pick up in the previous three weeks, clearing 40 percent offensive snap shares in all of those contests. While Detroit likely won't ask Swift to handle anything resembling a bell-cow role, the fact that he's being listed as a starter ahead of Peterson for the first time this season at least offers hope that the 21-year-old will see an uptick in touches over the second half of the campaign.
Swift carried the ball 13 times for 64 yards in Week 9 against the Vikings. He added three receptions for 33 yards.
Swift accounted for 13 of the team's 27 total rushing attempts, his second-highest total of the season. He was fairly effective, racking up two carries of more than 15 yards. Swift also remained effective as a receiver, recording a 19-yard reception on the team's first drive of the fourth quarter. He came close to 100 total yards for the second time in his career and appears poised to continue increasing his role in the backfield as the season wears on. Swift's next opportunity to take the field will come Week 10 against Washington.
Swift carried six times for one yard while catching three of four targets for 22 yards during Sunday's 41-21 loss to Indianapolis.
Despite somehow leading the team with six carries, Swift finished fourth in rushing yards against a tough Colts defense that entered the game allowing the fourth-fewest yards per rush attempt (3.5). While it's worth noting that Kerryon Johnson stole a receiving score, Swift's obvious struggles in pass protection suggest the rookie could see a downturn in passing-game work or even land in coach Matt Patricia's dog house. Swift at least has some upside in Week 9 against a Vikings defense allowing the third-most points per game (32.0) in 2020.
Swift registered 27 rushing yards and a touchdown on nine carries, adding four receptions for 21 yards during Sunday's 23-22 win against the Falcons.
Though Swift skated to an 8.3 yards-per-carry average with two rushing scores last week in a drubbing of the Jaguars, future Hall of Famer Adrian Peterson still handled over 50 percent of the RB carries during Week 7. Swift has been consistently garnering more involvement in the passing game, out-targeting his veteran mentor by a 5-1 tally Sunday, though it appears Detroit is committed to working in Peterson as a key part of the ground game. The upcoming Week 8 matchup against Indianapolis is prohibitive for Lions backs in general, as the Colts are allowing a 3.5 yards-per-carry average to opposing backs this season with only three rushing scores surrendered.
Swift is expected to see an expanded role for the Lions in Sunday's game against the Falcons, Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reports.
While Rapoport notes that Adrian Peterson will continue to serve as the Lions' starting running back, the veteran could cede more snaps and carries to Swift on the heels of the rookie's breakout performance Week 6 versus the Jaguars. Peterson had already been regularly subbing out on passing downs in favor of Swift, but the latter likely earned himself more work on the ground after rushing 14 times for 116 yards and two scores in the win over Jacksonville. The Lions may not have the luxury of playing ahead in Week 7 like they did for most of Week 6, but Swift's prowess as a pass catcher still gives him another path to providing fantasy value if he doesn't earn double-digit carries again Sunday.
Swift carried the ball 14 times for 116 yards and two touchdowns in Week 6 against the Jaguars. He added three receptions for seven yards.
Swift posted his best game as a professional, as he saw his involvement in the offense spike significantly following the team's bye in Week 5. Entering the game, Swift had seen no more than five carries and 10 total touches in any contest. However, he took advantage of the increased opportunity, breaking off a 54-yard run -- the team's longest offensive play of the day -- while also finding the end zone twice from near the goal line. Adrian Peterson still earned 15 touches, though it's difficult to envision coach Matt Patricia turning away from Swift after this strong performance. The Lions will draw another manageable matchup in Week 7 against the Falcons.
Swift rushed four times for 22 yards and caught all four of his targets for 30 yards and a touchdown in Sunday's 35-29 loss to the Saints.
Swift capped the opening drive with a seven-yard touchdown, giving the rookie one touchdown through the air and one on the ground through four games. His four carries ranked second on the team behind Adrian Peterson's 11, which Peterson turned into 36 yards and a touchdown. Swift's superior receiving skills are useful on a Lions team that's often playing catch-up, and his development should benefit from the team's early Week 5 bye.
Swift did not log a carry but caught one of two targets for 19 yards during Sunday's 26-23 victory over Arizona.
After seeing 34 offensive snaps Week 1 and 20 in Week 2, Swift was used on just six offensive snaps Sunday while Adrian Peterson and Kerryon Johnson logged 40 and 20, respectively. Against a Cardinals team that ran a hefty 159 total offensive snaps during the first two weeks of the season, Lions head coach Matt Patricia suggested after the game that the backfield playing time was determined by Detroit's goal to "control the clock," according to Chris Burke of the Athletic. As it appears Swift is neither Detroit's first or second option when they want to do so, the rookie may be hard to trust in games when the Lions are expected to try to dominate the time of possession.
Swift rushed five times for 12 yards and caught all five of his targets for 60 yards in Sunday's 42-21 loss to the Packers.
Swift appears to be the receiving back of choice in Detroit's three-man backfield rotation, as Adrian Peterson and Kerryon Johnson combined for 15 carries but only one target. Game script dictated plenty of second-half usage for Swift with the Lions trailing, and he came up just two receiving yards short of T.J. Hockenson's team-leading total. The Lions will be underdogs in Arizona in Week 3, so Swift projects to be Detroit's most fantasy-friendly running back option in that one.
Swift rushed three times for eight yards and one touchdown while catching three of five targets for 15 yards during Sunday's 27-23 loss to Chicago.
Even though Kerryon Johnson got the start and Adrian Peterson more than doubled the number of carries that Swift and Johnson had combined, it was Swift who easily led the Lions backfield in snaps. He could have been the hero, too, if not for letting the game-winning touchdown pass slip through his hands in the closing seconds of the game. Regardless, the amount of playing time Swift saw should be a good sign for his rookie-year workload going forward. Next up is a road matchup in Week 2 against Green Bay.
Swfit (hip) doesn't have an injury designation for Sunday's game against the Bears, Tim Twentyman of the Lions' official site reports.
Swift was limited at practice throughout the week before upgrading to full participation Friday. With that out of the way, it's his role rather than his health that's the big cause for concern, though the two arguably became intertwined when his hip injury caused a prolonged absence from training camp. In any case, Swift will be part of a backfield that also includes Kerryon Johnson and Adrian Peterson, potentially setting up as a three-man committee to start the year.
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|2||Sun 09/20||@ GB||L 21-42||5||12||0||5||60||0|
|3||Sun 09/27||@ ARI||W 26-23||0||0||0||1||19||0|
|4||Sun 10/04||vs NO||L 29-35||4||22||0||4||30||1|
|7||Sun 10/25||@ ATL||W 23-22||9||27||1||4||21||0|
|8||Sun 11/01||vs IND||L 21-41||6||1||0||3||22||0|
|9||Sun 11/08||@ MIN||L 20-34||13||64||0||3||33||0|
|10||Sun 11/15||vs WAS||W 30-27||16||81||0||5||68||1|
|11||Sun 11/22||@ CAR||L 0-20||0||0||0||0||0||0|
|12||Thu 11/26||@ DET||L 41-25||0||0||0||0||0||0|
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