Detroit Lions rookie running back D’Andre Swift has been mostly sidelined for two weeks now with an undisclosed injury. With 12 days until the Lions season opener, it’s beginning to look less and less likely that the 35th pick in the 2020 NFL Draft will be full health against the Chicago Bears.
But he’s coming along. For the second straight practice, he suited up and went through some individual drills, and according to head coach Matt Patricia, Swift didn’t suffer any setback after Monday’s practice. However, his participation remains low, and he’s losing some valuable experience during an already-shortened offseason.
“We’re going to have to do a good job of making sure he’s acclimated for when he is ready to go to be in situations that we think he can handle,” Patricia said late last week.
Here’s a look at the rest of the injuries the Lions are dealing with right now and their participation level during the opening 15 minutes of practice.
(Note: This is not an official injury report. Media is only allowed to watch the individual drills of practice. This report is based on those first-hand observations).
Not at practice
TE Hunter Bryant
LB Austin Bryant (PUP)
Hunter Bryant suffered a leg injury just over a week ago, and has not returned to practice yet. Considering he’s not even going through stretches with the team, it appears a return is not imminent, and that could potentially cost him a shot at the 53-man roster.
WR Danny Amendola
RB D’Andre Swift
RB Bo Scarbrough
S Jayron Kearse
Amendola took his second straight day off of practice, but like Monday, he was still very active out there, fetching balls, jogging from drill to drill with the receivers.
Scarbrough seems to be right lock in step with Swift. He’s dressed, he’s going through some individual drills, but is being held out of the more physical drills and still looks to be nearing a return. Unfortunately for Scarbrough, he’s been out since nearly the beginning of camp after taking a shot from Jalen Reeves-Maybin in one-on-one drills.
Jayron Kearse, too, was suited up, but didn’t appear to be going through any individual drills.
CB Darryl Roberts
CB Mike Ford
DL Da’Shawn Hand
Prior to practice, Patricia noted that Darryl Roberts would not be doing much for Tuesday’s practice, but during the individual portion of practice, he did not seem limited. Same could be said for Mike Ford, who tweaked his ankle late last week, but it was not deemed too serious by the coaching staff.
Da’Shawn Hand appeared to be a full participant during the opening of practice after he missed a couple sessions over the weekend.