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

Lions running back D’Andre Swift is scheduled to play against the Commanders on Sunday, 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 injury report this week with an ankle injury. The injury apparently happened in the second quarter of Week 1 against the Philadelphia Eagles and didn’t stop Swift from rushing for a career-high 144 yards.

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

Sunday morning NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport and Tom Pelissero reported that Swift should play, but her workload will likely be limited.

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

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

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

If Swift is active, many of his fantastic managers may have to throw him around and keep their fingers crossed that he survives Sunday’s game. And I obviously hope he produces solidly in a part-time role, probably pass-oriented since he’s a far superior pass catcher to Williams. Those with solid, healthier options have a legitimate decision on their hands to eventually bench Swift even if he is active.

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