With headaches subsiding, Lions RB D’Andre Swift ‘trending in right direction’ to return

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Dave Birkett
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D’Andre Swift practiced for a third straight day Friday and remains on track to play Sunday against the Green Bay Packers, though there remains some mystery about what exactly has sidelined him past three weeks.

Swift is officially questionable to play against the Packers, but “had another good day” of practice, interim Detroit Lions coach Darrell Bevell said Friday.

“As I told you, it’s a day-to-day thing in terms of they’ve got to make it through, they’ve got to come in today, they got to feel good today and then one more practice,” Bevell said. “But I’d say he’s trending in the right direction.”

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Swift has not played since a Nov. 15 win over Washington, when he had 149 yards from scrimmage.

He reported symptoms of a brain injury the next week, missed two games while in concussion protocol and still was dealing with headaches when he was held out of last week’s win over the Chicago Bears, with what the Lions termed a non-COVID-19-related illness.

Bevell acknowledged migraine headaches could present similar to a concussion, and that “there is a fine line and things there that we were looking at.

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Asked if the Lions were able to determine conclusively whether Swift, a second-round pick out of Georgia, did suffer a concussion, Bevell said, “I cannot say that.”

If Swift remains in a good space health-wise, he should play a significant role against the Packers.

Adrian Peterson has started three straight games at running back, but Swift, who was a limited participant in practice Wednesday and Thursday, is the Lions’ biggest playmaker out of the backfield.

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Wide receiver Kenny Golladay will miss his sixth straight game Sunday, after he sat out another practice Friday with a hip injury he suffered Nov. 1. Right tackle Tyrell Crosby (ankle) and cornerback Jeff Okudah (groin) also are out.

Matthew Stafford (thumb), Da’Shawn Hand (groin), Austin Bryant (thigh), C.J. Moore (ankle) and John Penisini (shoulder) also are questionable. Stafford will play, while Penisini was added to the injury report Friday.

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

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