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With shoulder sprain, Lions RB D'Andre Swift is likely to miss the Vikings game

With shoulder sprain, Lions RB D'Andre Swift is likely to miss the Vikings game

ALLEN PARK -- The Lions already have one of the league's worst offenses, so they may be without their major offensive skill player when they return from Thanksgiving break as well.

D'Andre Swift, the running back from the Milwaukee Vikings, is unattendable to play against the Minnesota Vikings this week. After spraining his shoulder in the loss to Chicago on Thursday, D'Andre Swift remains sore and is not expected to play this week.

During a video call on Monday afternoon, head coach Dan Campbell said, It's difficult to say that you'd see him playing.

That poses a huge issue for an offense that has had difficulties passing the ball all season. Swift ran over Pittsburgh and Cleveland for more than 100 yards this month, the first time any Lions player has done so in consecutive weeks since Kevin Jones in 2004, but Swift also had a shoulder injury against the Steelers.

Then he landed on the same shoulder awkwardly in the second quarter of Thanksgiving and returned to the locker room.

Swift was taken in the second round of last year's draft to miss most of his rookie training camp with a hip injury, before later missing three games because of a head injury. A year later, he missed most of training camp again with a groin injury that has continued to nag him throughout the season. Hes rarely put in a full day of practice, and now he's dealing with the shoulder injury that might cost him his first game of the season.

Swift is sitting on 555 rushing yards this season, which is already the third most by a Lions player in the last six years, trailing only Adrian Peterson (who had 604 yards in 2020) and Kerryon Johnson (who had 641 yards in 2018). He also has 429 yards receiving, trailing only Atlanta's Cordarrelle Patterson and the Los Angeles Chargers' Austin Ekeler among the league's running backs.

He's the most important skill player on one of the league's worst offenses. Now it appears Detroit could be without him against a Vikings defense that has confounded them over the years.

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