Lions running back D’Andre Swift expected to play vs. Commanders, but likely limited

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Lions running back D’Andre Swift is expected to play Sunday against the Commanders, but a full workload seems unlikely.

In the “we just can’t have nice things” department, Detroit Lions running back D’Andre Swift surfaced on the injury report this week with an ankle injury. The injury apparently happened in the second quarter of Week 1 against the Philadelphia Eagles, and did not prevent Swift from running for a career-high 144 yards.

Swift missed practice on Wednesday and Thursday, then he was listed as questionable for Sunday against the Washington Commanders after a limited session on Friday. He was adamant he would play on Wednesday and Thursday before not speaking to reporters on Friday. A legit game-time decision seems to be coming.

On Sunday morning NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport and Tom Pelissero reported Swift is expected to play, but his workload is likely to be limited.

#Lions RB D’Andre Swift (ankle) is expected to play today against the #Commanders, but the team may have to be selective about his usage, sources tell me and @TomPelissero
. As long as Swift wakes up feeling good, the plan is to give it a go.

D’Andre Swift injury leaves his fantasy managers in a tough spot

If Swift is active, how much he plays is the obvious question mark. There’s also a chance he makes his injury worse, exits the game quickly and does not return. Jamaal Williams got most of the goal line and red zone work last week, so it’s safe to assume he’ll do that again on Sunday.

If Swift is active, many of his fantasy managers may have to start him and cross their fingers he’ll make it through Sunday’s game no further worse for the wear. And obviously hope he produces solidly in a part-time role, likely tilted toward passing downs since he’s a far superior pass catcher than Williams. Those with solid and healthier options available have a legitimate decision on their hands to possibly bench Swift even if he is active.

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