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D’Andre Swift downgraded to Doubtful for Sunday

Swift’s availability for Sunday takes another shot

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The Detroit Lions downgraded two players to doubtful for the team’s Week 13 game against the Chicago Bears on Saturday. Rookie running back D’Andre Swift is doubtful due to an illness, while defensive lineman Austin Bryant has a thigh injury.

Swift has missed the Lions’ last two games suffering a concussion. He wound up cleared concussion protocol this week but then missed practice on Thursday and Friday due to an illness.

The rookie has carved a role for himself in the offense, carrying the ball 70 times for 331 yards and four touchdowns this season. He was drafted by the team in the second round of the 2020 NFL draft.

It’s hard to believe that Swift would wind up playing. He’s missed several practices and after a limited practice on Wednesday, he’s missed the last two practices. This all may mean he’s still dealing with an illness.

Interim head coach Darrell Bevell said earlier in the week that Swift could play if he clears the illness, though his playing time could still be limited.

Bryant has only played in two games this season, as he started the season of the Physically Unable to Perform list. He also missed 12 games in his 2019 rookie campaign. Last year’s fourth-round pick has struggled to earn a spot in the teams rotation as he can rarely stay on the field.

Running back Jonathan Williams was also listed on the injury report as questionable with a hip injury.