Detroit Lions running back D’Andre Swift earned the first start of his NFL career last weekend. However, he might not be able to suit up for a Week 11 showdown with the Carolina Panthers.

Adam Schefter of ESPN reported Swift did not practice on Thursday due to a concussion, rendering his status questionable for Sunday’s game.

It might not be a surprise to see the Lions hold swift out.

Detroit has to play the Houston Texans on a short week next Thursday, and the Panthers are also pretty banged up themselves.

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Carolina running back Christian McCaffrey has already been ruled out, and it is looking likely starting quarterback Teddy Bridgewater will not be able to go, either. As such, the Lions could plug in veteran Adrian Peterson and give Swift some extra time to rest up before next Thursday night’s game.

Swift was incredible explosive in the first start of his NFL career. He rushed for 81 yards on just over 5.0 yards per carry, and also hauled in five receptions for 68 yards, including a 15-yard touchdown pass from Matthew Stafford midway through the third quarter.

The second-round pick has looked more and more like the future in Detroit’s backfield. Swift is averaging over 4.7 yards per carry and has constantly been a threat to score. The former Georgia star has six touchdowns, four rushing and two receiving. Swift is also averaging nearly eight yards after the catch, and he makes opponents miss in the open field with ease.

Detroit would do well to protect their budding star, especially on a short week. Perhaps Swift will show progress on Friday, however, which could give him a chance to play.