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Lions RB D’Andre Swift unlikely to play in Thanksgiving game vs. Texans

D'Andre Swift, Lions, Texans

Detroit Lions running back D’Andre Swift (concussion) is officially listed as questionable for the Thanksgiving matchup with the Houston Texans, but ESPN’s Adam Schefter reported on Thursday morning that he is “unlikely” to go.

The rookie also missed Detroit’s Week 10 game, a 20-0 loss to the Carolina Panthers, moving the Lions to 4-6 on the season.

The short week hurt his chances of passing the protocol in time for Week 11.

Swift has 331 yards on 70 carries (4.7 YPC) and a team-high four rushing TDs in his first year.

He began to emerge as the team’s best halfback before his concussion. In Week 10, he ran for 81 yards on 16 carries and had five catches for 68 yards and a touchdown. More importantly, he saw 73% of the Lions snaps.

D’Andre Swift had been upgraded to a limited participant in practice on Tuesday, which provided some hope that he could be ready to face the Texans.

The Lions drafted Swift, out of Georgia, in the second round of the 2020 NFL Draft, but his playing time was limited before the season even began when the team acquired 35-year-old RB Adrian Peterson for some reason.

Peterson, who leads the Lions with 389 rushing yards and 104 carries, and could see the bulk of the load on Thanksgiving. Kerryon Johnson should also see plenty of action. In Week 10, the two combined for just five carries as Swift finally took hold of the starting RB spot.

The Lions listed wide receivers Kenny Golladay (hip) and Danny Amendola (hip), defensive end Austin Bryant (thigh), cornerback Mike Ford (concussion), defensive lineman Da’Shawn Hand (groin), and cornerback Jeff Okudah (shoulder) out for the Texans game.