American football running back D’Andre Tiyon Swift (born January 14, 1999) plays for the Detroit Lions of the National Football League (NFL). He participated in football at the University of Georgia and was selected by the Detroit Lions as the third overall choice in the 2020 NFL Draft.
The Detroit Lions injury list released on Wednesday included numerous unexpected names, leading fans to worry about the team’s ability to compete with the Washington Commanders on Sunday. The health of D’Andre Swift, who missed practice with an ankle issue, was of primary concern.
Swift rushed for a career-high 141 yards on only 15 rushes and added 31 receiving yards as the Lions’ best player on the field last week against the Philadelphia Eagles.
According to Coach Dan Campbell, “Swift is—a he’s a dynamic player for us and the one guy that can take it anyplace” following Sunday’s game. He can hit home runs from all over the field, and I’m happy he’s on our team.
Swift’s presence on the injury report one week into the season is troubling, given his extensive history of injuries. A report by Dave Birkett of the Detroit Free Press states that the Lions running back said the injury isn’t significant. If it’s any indication, Swift said, “Not at all” when asked if it will affect Sunday’s game against the Commanders.
During the second quarter of Sunday’s game, he rolled his ankle, as reported by Swift (via Birkett). In spite of the injuries, the Lions running back played in 46 of 69 snaps, which is more than double the number of snaps played by Jamaal Williams.
It would appear at this time that Swift’s absence is purely preventative. What we learn from Thursday’s practice is likely to be more definitive. The Lions were also without Swift (groin), center Frank Ragnow (groin), left tackle Taylor Decker (calf), backup guard Tommy Kraemer, and defensive tackle Michael Brockers on Wednesday due to injuries. The complete injury report for the team is available here.
Swift was one of three running backs on the team, along with Adrian Peterson and Kerryon Johnson. Swift scored his first career running touchdown in his professional debut against the Chicago Bears on September 13, 2020, but he also dropped what would have been the game-winning touchdown throw in the waning seconds of the game.
Swift made history for the Lions as a rookie on October 18 when he rushed for 116 yards and two touchdowns against the Jacksonville Jaguars in Week 6. He was the first running back for the Lions to carry for 100+ yards and two scores in a game since Barry Sanders in 1989.
They beat the Washington Football Team 30-27 in Week 10 thanks to his 149 total yards of offense and a receiving score. When the Tennessee Titans come to town in Week 15. Swift played in 13 games during the 2020 season, and he finished with 114 carries for 521 running yards and eight rushing touchdowns, in addition to 46 receptions for 357 receiving yards and two receiving scores.
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