The Detroit Lions will be without their leading rusher for the third straight game, and one of their best offensive lineman could be joining him on the sideline.
Running back D’Andre Swift remains bothered by a shoulder injury and is out for Sunday’s game against the Arizona Cardinals, and left guard Jonah Jackson is questionable after he was listed as a non-participant on the Lions’ estimated practice report for the third straight day.
Jackson missed practice Wednesday and Thursday because of a back injury. The Lions held a walk-through Friday.
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If Jackson cannot play against the Cardinals, undrafted rookie Tommy Kraemer will start in his place.
“He’s ready,” Lions coach Dan Campbell said of Kraemer. “He’s been taking in the reps this week. As you guys know, he played against Chicago. We know he’ll be ready to go in there and know what to do and he’ll battle if needed.”
The Lions (1-11-1) have run the ball effectively all season despite significant personnel churn at running back and offensive line.
Swift has not played since the first half of the Lions’ Thanksgiving loss to the Chicago Bears, and backup running back Jamaal Williams could miss his second straight game Sunday on the reserve/COVID-19 list.
Left tackle Taylor Decker (eight games), center Frank Ragnow (nine games), Ragnow’s backup, Evan Brown, (one game), right guard Halapoulivaati Vaitai (one game) and swing tackle Matt Nelson (three games) have missed time with injury or COVID this season.
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Along with Swift, the Lions ruled tight end T.J. Hockenson (hand) and linebacker Julian Okwara (ankle) out for Sunday’s game, and listed linebackers Alex Anzalone (ankle) and Jalen Reeves-Maybin (shoulder), wide receiver Josh Reynolds (thigh), defensive end Michael Brockers (knee) and offensive lineman Will Holden (not injury related) as questionable.
Reeves-Maybin practiced in a red no-contact jersey Wednesday and Thursday. He, Anzalone and Reynolds were listed as limited participants on Friday’s estimated practice report.
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