‘We’ll shut him down after Green Bay’

Jared Goff isn’t the only crucial offending gamer the Detroit Lions will have back in the mix for Sunday’s video game versus the Seattle Seahawks.

Lions coach Dan Campbell stated Wednesday running back D’Andre Swift remains in line to return after a four-week lack due to a sprained shoulder.

Swift has actually not played because the very first half of a Thanksgiving loss to the Chicago Bears.

“We feel like he’s going to be ready this week and he’s been wanting to go,” Campbell stated. “So I think we feel like we’re in a place where, let’s go and cut him loose and let’s let him continue to grow and get better. That way we go into next year, he’s that much better for it.”

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Detroit Lions running back D'Andre Swift runs the ball against the Chicago Bears during the first half Thursday, Nov. 25, 2021, at Ford Field.

Detroit Lions running back D’Andre Swift runs the ball versus the Chicago Bears throughout the very first half Thursday, Nov. 25, 2021, at Ford Field.

Swift leads the Lions with 140 brings, 555 backyards hurrying and 6 overall goals.

He published career-highs of 33 brings and 130 backyards entering a Nov. 14 tie with the Pittsburgh Steelers, when he initially hurt his shoulder, and had 136 backyards the list below week in a loss to the Cleveland Browns.

The Lions (2-12-1) are 2-2 with Swift out of the lineup and have actually balanced 118.5 backyards hurrying the previous 4 weeks with a patchwork running video game.

Backup running back Jamaal Williams missed out on 2 video games with COVID-19, Godwin Igwebuike and Craig Reynolds made fill-in starts versus the Denver Broncos and Arizona Cardinals, and Reynolds, promoted from the practice team, has 224 backyards hurrying the previous 3 weeks.

Swift, in his 2nd NFL season, went back to practice on a minimal basis recently. Campbell stated the Lions have actually not offered any believed to shutting Swift down and think there is worth in having him on the field that will rollover to 2022.

“We look at it as it’s an opportunity for him to grow,” Campbell stated. “I think the thought is we’ll shut him down after (our last game against) Green Bay is probably what we’ll do with him. No, he’s still got room to grow and we’re not going to put him out there until he’s healthy.”

Detroit Lions running back D'Andre Swift jumps over Pittsburgh Steelers cornerback Cameron Sutton as he runs the ball during the second quarter at Heinz Field, Nov. 14, 2021.

Detroit Lions running back D’Andre Swift leaps over Pittsburgh Steelers cornerback Cameron Sutton as he runs the ball throughout the 2nd quarter at Heinz Field, Nov. 14, 2021.

The Lions triggered swing take on Matt Nelson and receiver Trinity Benson from the reserve/COVID list Wednesday.

Campbell stated Nelson, who has actually played greatly as the Lions’ 6th offending lineman because the bye, will assist the group’s diminished tight end space.

The Lions lost Shane Zylstra and Jason Cabinda to knee injuries recently, put Brock Wright on reserve/COVID on Tuesday and lost T.J. Hockenson to season-ending thumb surgical treatment previously this month.

Jared Pinkney, who the Lions signed off the Los Angeles Rams practice team Tuesday, is the only healthy tight end on the Lions’ 53-man lineup. Previous Michigan tight end Nick Eubanks and Ross Travis, who likewise signed Tuesday, are on the practice team.

Informed he was successive in the Lions’ tight end rotation, Campbell, a previous NFL tight end, stated that will not be occurring.

“That’s a negative,” he stated. “That would not be good. There’d be a kneecap over there on the ground of my own that just fell off. And an ankle.”

Contact Dave Birkett at dbirkett@freepress.com. Follow him on Twitter @davebirkett.

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