The Detroit Lions freshman, who trailed D’Andre Swift, did not train on Thursday due to a concussion and left his status in doubt for Sunday’s game against the Carolina Panthers given the rules of the NFL concussion protocol.
It’s not clear when Swift had the concussion. He wasn’t featured in the team’s injury report on Wednesday and spoke to the media for almost five minutes after Wednesday’s practice.
Swift made the first start of his career against Washington last Sunday. He rushed 16 runs for 81 yards and got five passes for 68 yards and a touchdown. Swift has rushed 70 times for 331 yards and four touchdowns, while this season he has caught 31 passes for 275 yards and two touchdowns.
He was asked on Wednesday what he could possibly do on his second start against the Panthers.
“Be consistent. Get better and better,” said Swift. “There are a lot of things that I can get better at when I watch the tape from the last game. Just be consistent and get better every week.”
The Lions had worked harder over the past four games to finish first in the team’s backfield with Adrian Peterson, who signed before Week 1, and Kerryon Johnson, who had been the starter for the previous two seasons.
“It was kind of a process for him. When he got in he couldn’t do as many reps as we had hoped he would work with some of the things he was working on at the start of training camp,” said offensive coordinator Darrell Bevell said of Swift. “So, feel like we updated him. He was in a good place and then showed up in the game. He did a great job with the running game. We were able to bring him into the passing game too.” .
“When you watched the games beforehand, you can see some of the things that are coming and how we’ve used it.
Peterson and Johnson will likely get the bulk of the broadcasts if Swift isn’t able to play on Sunday.
Star receiver Kenny Golladay trained on Thursday after returning to training for the first time since a hip injury against Indianapolis on Wednesday. Receiver Danny Amendola also missed his second training session because of a hip injury.
Quarterback Matthew Stafford, who is dealing with a right thumb injury, has had limited exercise, as have receiver Marvin Jones (knee) and T.J. Squatting Son (toe).