Adrian Peterson shares concerning observations of D’Andre Swift
D’Andre Swift has missed the Detroit Lions’ past two games due to a concussion. The rookie running back was a limited participant in practice last week, but he still wasn’t able to suit up for a Thanksgiving matchup against the Houston Texans.
The former Georgia standout has been sharing backfield duties with one of the best running backs of this era in Adrian Peterson. And on Thursday, the veteran showed concern for Swift as he tries to help him get through this recent setback.
“It’s unfortunate that he’s dealing with this, and something that he says he’s going through. When I see him, I’m always picking his brain checking in on his health and how he’s feeling. Is he improving? That’s the most important thing,” Peterson told the media, including John Maakaron of Sports Illustrated. “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. We miss him out there as well.”
Before this injury, Swift was beginning to have an increased role in Detroit’s offense. On Nov. 15, he had 16 carries for 81 yards and five receptions for 68 yards and a touchdown in a win over Washington. He also flashed his potential earlier in the season when he had 123 total yards and two touchdowns in a victory against the Jacksonville Jaguars on Oct. 18.
It wasn’t a surprise to Georgia fans, who watched Swift have success with the Bulldogs from 2017-19. That led to him getting selected by the Lions with the No. 35 overall pick in the second round of the 2020 NFL Draft.
While Swift is still going through the concussion protocol, he could be nearing a return for the Lions. This week, they’re set to take on the Chicago Bears on Sunday at 1 p.m. ET, but it’s still unclear whether Swift could be back for the matchup.