Detroit Lions running back D’Andre Swift will miss Sunday’s game against the Carolina Panthers due to being in concussion protocol. Thursday
Swift has done great work with his limited opportunities this season in averaging 4.7 yards per carry while serving as a major threat in the passing game, so this is a disappointing setback.
“It’s kind of been a process for (Swift),” Lions offensive coordinator Darrell Bevell said, via Dave Birkett of the Detroit Free Press. “He wasn’t able to get as many reps as we hoped that he would have at the start of training camp with some of the things that he was working through, so we feel like we got him up to speed and he’s in a good spot and then showed up in the game. He did a great job with the run game. We were able to get him involved in the pass game as well. And as you watched the games prior, I think you can kind of see some of the things that were coming and how we were using him. He stepped up.”
In nine games, Swift has carried the ball 70 times this season for 331 yards and scored four touchdowns. In the passing game, he’s caught 31 passes on 39 targets for 275 yards (8.9 average) and hauled in two scores.
Adrian Peterson is poised to step in for Swift against Carolina — it’s a big game for Detroit, which is 4-5 and remains in the Wild Card race. The longtime veteran and former All-Pro started for Detroit at the beginning of the season and doesn’t bring the same explosiveness as Swift, but he’s a powerful runner and reliable force in the backfield.
It’s unclear as to when Swift could be back. He entered concussion protocol late in the week, and the Lions have a quick turnaround after Sunday’s game, hosting the Houston Texans for a Thanksgiving Day matchup.
247Sports’ Robbie Weinstein contributed to this report.