D'Andre Swift

Detroit Lions
Running Back #32
Detroit Lions
Running Back #32
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Swift ran for 30 yards and one touchdown on seven carries and caught four passes for 16 yards on five targets against Green Bay on Sunday.

Analysis: Swift again saw a limited workload from scrimmage as Jamaal Williams saw 13 carries and Craig Reynolds took three. Williams produced 43 yards and Reynolds two, reinforcing the fact that Swift is clearly Detroit's best running back from scrimmage. What's less clear is whether Swift's workload was limited because the low stakes of Detroit's final two games, or if the Lions will try to follow a general policy of limiting Swift's workload for durability reasons going forward. Swift is an explosive runner and skilled pass catcher, so his fantasy upside could be enormous with enough of a workload, but going back to his Georgia days Swift hasn't shown the ability to stay healthy as a workhorse back. He finishes his second season with 617 yards (4.1 YPC) and five touchdowns on the ground while catching 62 passes for 452 yards and two touchdowns on 78 targets (79.5 percent caught, 5.8 yards per target).

Jan 9, 2022 1:46 PM EST

Minimal activity

Swift ran for 32 yards on four carries and caught two passes for seven yards on three targets against Seattle on Sunday.

Analysis: The Lions indicated that Swift was at full strength for this game, so his light usage behind Jamaal Williams (11 carries for 22 yards and one touchdown, three catches for 22 yards on three targets) was surprising if not dubious. Perhaps coach Dan Campbell wanted to limit Swift's exposure to contact in a meaningless game, or perhaps he was making a You Can't Make The Club In The Tub kind of point to Swift, who missed the prior four games with a shoulder injury, but Swift's fantasy investors are entitled to some level of indignation either way. Regardless of whatever secret reason Campbell might have had for Swift's lack of usage Sunday, it's safe to say that the Lions offense did not benefit from Swift's absence. Detroit faces Green Bay in Week 18.

Jan 2, 2022 5:49 PM EST

No designation for Week 17

Swift (shoulder) will make his return to the lineup Sunday in Seattle, as he doesn't carry an injury designation into the contest.

Analysis: Earlier in the season, the Lions regularly listed Swift as questionable heading into game days, even though he often appeared at little risk of actually sitting out. After missing each of the previous four games while recovering from an AC joint sprain in his shoulder, Swift's lack of a designation is somewhat surprising given the previous pattern, but it's perhaps a reflection of the Lions' confidence in his health following a month-long layoff. Swift was a full participant in practice all week, and running backs coach Duce Staley suggested Friday the Lions don't intend to take a conservative approach with him, according to Justin Rogers of The Detroit News. Fantasy managers who have been waiting patiently on Swift's return shouldn't count on him approaching the season-high 33 carries he earned Week 10 against Pittsburgh, but he looks like a good bet to at least get double-digit touches.

Dec 31, 2021 4:36 PM EST

Puts in full practice Wednesday

Swift (shoulder) practiced fully Wednesday.

Analysis: Swift appears to be closing in on putting an end to a four-game absence, the result of an AC joint sprain in his shoulder. Coach Dan Quinn even hinted as much Wednesday, telling Dave Birkett of the Detroit Free Press that he expects Swift to return Sunday at Seattle. With a full practice under his belt to begin Week 17 prep, Swift is well on his way to doing just that. How the snaps and reps will break down between him, Jamaal Williams and even Craig Reynolds remains to be seen, but in the 10 contests before Swift suffered the injury he averaged 19 touches per game.

Dec 29, 2021 1:37 PM EST

Expected back this week

Swift (shoulder) is expected back for Sunday's game in Seattle, with Lions coach Dan Campbell joking that the running back will be "shut down" after Week 18, Dave Birkett of the Detroit Free Press reports.

Analysis: Campbell is poking fun at reports that suggested Swift might be held out for the final few games even if he was healthy enough to play. He may still need to prove it on the practice field this week, but the Lions apparently are optimistic after Swift managed limited practice last Wednesday through Friday (though he didn't end up playing in Sunday's loss to Atlanta). His return for the final two weeks would mean less work for Jamaal Williams and Craig Reynolds, even if Swift's role isn't quite the same as earlier in the year.

Dec 29, 2021 9:17 AM EST

Missing fourth straight game

Swift (shoulder) is inactive for Sunday's game at Atlanta.

Analysis: Despite not being ruled out ahead of this contest, Swift will remain sidelined as he continues the later stages of his recovery from an AC joint sprain in his shoulder. That leaves the Lions backfield to Jamaal Williams and Craig Reynolds. Williams is coming off a two-game absence himself following a bout with COVID-19, which allowed Reynolds to serve as the lead back to the tune of 40 touches for 216 yards from scrimmage. In any case, the pair figure to be the team's key RBs in some way, shape and form.

Dec 26, 2021 8:37 AM EST

Chance to play Week 16

The Lions list Swift (shoulder) as questionable for Sunday's game against the Falcons.

Analysis: For the first time since suffering an AC joint sprain of his shoulder in the Lions' Thanksgiving Day loss to the Bears, Swift won't be ruled out ahead of the weekend, as he was prior to each of the Lions' last three games. Swift earned the questionable designation after he was a limited participant in practices Wednesday through Friday, a development that gives him a shot to play Sunday. Even if the Lions clear him to start in advance of the 1 p.m. ET kickoff, Swift could be in store for a lighter workload than he enjoyed in previous weeks, given that he's making his way back from injury in addition to the fact that Craig Reynolds has impressed the past two weeks while serving as Detroit's lead back. Jamaal Williams is also back from a two-game stint on the reserve/COVID-19 list, leaving the Detroit backfield more crowded compared to when Swift first sustained the injury.

Dec 24, 2021 10:45 AM EST

Limited again in practice

Swift (shoulder) practiced on a limited basis Thursday.

Analysis: Swift wasn't able to increase his activity from Wednesday, but the fact that he was on the practice field in some capacity for the second day in a row is a positive sign following three weeks of no participation at all. Because of Swift's long layoff, the Lions may want to see him turn in a full practice before clearing him for game action, leaving his availability for Sunday's game in Atlanta up in the air at the moment. Whenever he's deemed ready to play, Swift could take on a lighter workload than he previously enjoyed as the 2-11-1 Lions look to preserve him with little on the line over the final three games of the season.

Dec 23, 2021 1:22 PM EST

Limited in return to practice

Swift (shoulder) was a limited practice participant Wednesday.

Analysis: This marks Swift's first on-field work since suffering an AC joint sprain in his shoulder during a Thanksgiving Day loss to the Bears. He'll have two more sessions this week to prove his health before the Lions potentially make a determination on his availability for Sunday's game in Atlanta. If Swift does enough to receive clearance the play, Detroit could have a sudden logjam in the backfield, as Jamaal Williams wrested himself from the reserve/COVID-19 list Monday and Craig Reynolds has fared well as the lead running back the past two contests.

Dec 22, 2021 12:53 PM EST

Back at practice Wednesday

Swift (shoulder) returned to practice Wednesday, D. Orlando Ledbetter of The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports.

Analysis: Swift was knocked out the Lions' Thanksgiving matchup with he Bears with what eventually was deemed to be an AC joint sprain in his shoulder. He missed the past three games as a result of the injury, and Wednesday's development marked his first notable on-field work since then. It's unclear if Swift will do enough this week to put himself in a position to play Sunday in Atlanta, but he seems as if he at least will be listed as limited on Detroit's first Week 16 practice report.

Dec 22, 2021 11:58 AM EST

Expected to practice this week

Swift (shoulder) is expected to return to practice this week, Chris Burke of The Athletic reports.

Analysis: Coach Dan Campbell said Monday that Swift is still considered "week-to-week, day-to-day" due to his injury, but the team will likely have him test the issue during practice. Whether he's available for Sunday's game against Atlanta remains to be seen, but he appears to be trending in the right direction. If Swift remains out in Week 16, Jamaal Williams (illness) and Craig Reynolds could see additional playing time.

Dec 20, 2021 11:27 AM EST

Ruled out, no practice

Swift (shoulder) has been ruled out for Sunday's game against the Cardinals.

Analysis: Swift still hasn't practiced suffering an AC joint injury and now will miss a third straight game. With Jamaal Williams still on the reserve/COVID-19 list as of Friday afternoon, the Lions may again be left with Craig Reynolds, Godwin Igwebuike and Jermar Jefferson as backfield options.

Dec 17, 2021 1:05 PM EST

Not in line to practice

Swift (shoulder) isn't participating in Thursday's practice, Dave Birkett of the Detroit Free Press reports.

Analysis: Swift hasn't gotten back on the field in any capacity since suffering an AC joint sprain of his shoulder in the Lions' Thanksgiving Day loss to the Bears, so at this stage, he looks to be trending toward a third consecutive missed game this weekend against Arizona. Before deciding on Swift's status one way or the other, the Lions will see if he's able to fit in any activity during the team's final practice of the week Friday. With Jamaal Williams (illness) still stuck on the reserve/COVID-19 list, Craig Reynolds, Jermar Jefferson and Godwin Igwebuike are left as the Lions' healthy options at running back.

Dec 16, 2021 10:12 AM EST

Not expected to practice Wednesday

Coach Dan Campbell indicated that he doesn't expect Swift (shoulder) to practice Wednesday.

Analysis: The same applies to tight end T.J. Hockenson (hand), with Campbell noting that the duo will "move around" Wednesday. With that in mind, Swift's status for Sunday's game against the Cardinals is TBD, while fellow running back Jamaal Williams is currently on the reserve/COVID-19 list.

Dec 15, 2021 9:16 AM EST

Could be back Week 15

Coach Dan Campbell said Monday he's "hopeful" Swift (shoulder) will be available for Sunday's matchup against Arizona.

Analysis: Swift said that both Swift and T.J. Hockenson (hand) are "feeling better" Monday. The young running back and tight end are Detroit's most impactful skill-position players, so it would provide a notable boost for Jared Goff to get both back on the field against Arizona's dangerous defense. Meanwhile, Jamaal William (illness) remains on the COVID-19 list to begin Tuesday.

Dec 14, 2021 6:33 AM EST

Ruled out

Swift (shoulder) has been ruled out for Sunday's game against Denver, Tim Twentyman of the Lions' official site reports.

Analysis: With Swift officially missing back-to-back games and Jamaal Williams landing on the reserve/COVID-19 list Friday, it appears the Lions will deploy Jermar Jefferson and Igwebuike in their backfield this Sunday. Swift's next chance to play will be Sun, Dec. 19 when the Lions host NFC frontrunner Arizona.

Dec 10, 2021 1:21 PM EST

Not expected to play Sunday

Coach Dan Campbell said Swift (shoulder) is "unlikely" to play Sunday against the Broncos, Eric Woodyard of ESPN.com reports.

Analysis: Swift was unable to practice Wednesday and Thursday as he continues to manage a sprained AC joint in his shoulder, and it appears he'll be sidelined for his second straight game Sunday. If the 2020 second-round pick is unavailable Jamaal Williams is poised for another start in the backfield, with Godwin Igwebuike and Jermar Jefferson (illness) set to serve as the secondary options.

Dec 10, 2021 8:20 AM EST

Doesn't practice Thursday

Swift (shoulder) didn't practice Thursday.

Analysis: With no practice reps to speak of so far this week due to an AC joint sprain, Swift seems destined for a second consecutive absence as the Lions prepare for Sunday's contest at Denver. Jermar Jefferson (illness) joined Swift on the sideline Thursday, leaving Jamaal Williams and Godwin Igwebuike as Detroit's healthy running backs on the action roster. Friday's injury report may clear up the state of his backfield heading into the weekend.

Dec 9, 2021 1:23 PM EST

No practice Wednesday

Swift (shoulder) didn't take part in Wednesday's walkthrough.

Analysis: This comes as no surprise after coach Dan Campbell gave a non-update on Swift earlier Wednesday, telling Eric Woodyard of ESPN.com that the running is "improving" but otherwise doesn't have a timeline for a return. With one absence under Swift's belt and potentially another to come Sunday in Denver, the Lions again may be forced to rely on Jamaal Williams, Godwin Igwebuike and Jermar Jefferson out of the backfield Week 14.

Dec 8, 2021 1:08 PM EST

No update yet on potential return

Coach Dan Campbell said Wednesday that Swift is "improving" through his AC joint sprain, but he wouldn't provide an update on his potential to return, Eric Woodyard of ESPN.com reports.

Analysis: The Lions held a walkthrough session to kick off Week 14 prep, but it seems as if Swift wasn't out there with his backfield mates. The second-year running back already has missed one game as a result of the injury, and there's a chance he's poised for another Sunday at Denver if he can't get back on the practice field by Friday. At the moment, Jamaal Williams, Godwin Igwebuike and Jermar Jefferson are the healthy backs on Detroit's active roster.

Dec 8, 2021 10:32 AM EST

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