Head coach Jim Caldwell announced during Tuesday’s press conference that starting center Travis Swanson is in concussion protocol after Sunday’s game against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.
Swanson was able to finish the game, but according to Caldwell the symptoms didn’t present themselves until after the game had concluded. The Lions had a similar situation earlier in the season when T.J. Lang started displaying symptoms prior to a practice. Lang ended up missing one game due to the injury.
Swanson is not expected to practice on Tuesday and will have less time to prepare for the Chicago Bears given the shortened week. The Lions host Chicago on Saturday.
Last season, Swanson missed the final four games of the 2016 season with a fairly severe concussion that also kept him out of the playoff game in Seattle. Obviously, the fact that Swanson has now suffered another concussion is concerning. The severity is unknown at the moment.
If Swanson can’t go, that means Graham Glasgow will again shift over to center on Saturday. Because of various injuries, Glasgow has already made two starts at center this year in replacement for Swanson and has fared pretty well. He was also the starting center in the final games of the 2016 season while Swanson recovered from the brain injury.
Swanson is on the final year of his contract, and many believe Glasgow will take over at center in 2018. If that’s the case, it looks like he may get some extra practice this week.