Detroit Lions’ D’Andre Swift out of concussion protocol; Adrian Peterson helps him through it

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Carlos Monarrez
 
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Detroit Lions running back D’Andre Swift is no longer in concussion protocol and could play in Sunday’s road game against the Chicago Bears.

Swift was cleared by an independent neurological consultant, but he did not practice Thursday because of illness. Swift, who has missed the past two games, did practice Wednesday on a limited basis two weeks after reporting a brain injury.

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The Lions have declined to disclose how Swift suffered his brain injury.

Interim coach Darrell Bevell gave little indication about Swift’s progress a day after he said he thought Swift was “close” to returning.

“That’s a touchy subject, obviously, with the concussion protocols and everything,” Bevell said Thursday during a conference call. “It’s something that we have to make sure that we continue to work through with him. It’s kind of touch-and-go every day, but he’s still working through it.

“He was out on the field a little bit (Wednesday), trying to get him through some things. You guys saw him out there. So again, we’ll see how it goes today.”

On Thursday, veteran running back Adrian Peterson expressed his concerns about how Swift had been dealing with the concussion.

“To kind of see him not being himself, that energy level when you see him not being the same because of what he’s dealing with, it hurts because I want to see him be successful,” Peterson said. “And we miss him out there as well. So I just try to motivate him and tell him that things will get better. I encourage him to be smart because obviously after missing two games and he’s still kind of dealing with some things it makes you put things in perspective and realize what’s most important, and that’s making sure that you’re completely healthy and you’re good.

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“So letting him understand that hey, you’re young. When you’re ready, we’ll be ready for you to come out there and get back to normal with what you’re doing. But no one knows you like you. So just remember that and go on from there. So for me, of course we would love him out there (having) him to do his thing, but more (important) than football is his well-being and his health.”

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Injury report

Receiver Kenny Golladay (hip) did not practice for a second straight day. Linebacker Christian Jones (knee) returned to practice and receiver Danny Amendola, who has missed the past two games with a hip injury, was upgraded to full practice.

Contact Carlos Monarrez at cmonarrez@freepress.com and follow him on Twitter @cmonarrez.

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