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Source: Lions RB Swift (shoulder) week-to-week

MINNEAPOLIS — Detroit Lions running back D’Andre Swift is considered week-to-week with a shoulder sprain, a source told ESPN’s Jeremy Fowler on Monday. Swift aggravated a previous shoulder issue, which is not expected to require surgery, the source said.

Swift could barely use his left arm inside the visitors locker room as he dressed to leave U.S. Bank Stadium after Sunday’s 28-24 loss to the Minnesota Vikings.

The Georgia product was also dealing with an ankle injury entering the Vikings contest and battled through a shoulder sprain last season, which sidelined him for four games.

Lions coach Dan Campbell acknowledged that Swift’s shoulder injury “could potentially” sideline him for some time.

“We’ll see where he’s at, but it could be an issue,” Campbell said of Swift.

Campbell feels Swift could possibly benefit from taking two weeks off to return after the bye in Dallas on Oct. 23 to heal from the pounding that his body has taken.

“We thought about that and that was one of the things I was thinking about last night and this morning,” Campbell said. “Certainly, it’s on my mind, it’s on our mind. If we feel like he’s good enough to go, we know what he’s capable, but not at the expense of him not being even up to 75% of himself.”

Swift got off to a hot start in the first two games of the 2022 season, becoming the first Lions player since Barry Sanders in 1997 to go back-to-back games in producing a 50-plus-yard rush.

He leads the team with 231 rushing yards on 27 attempts, averaging a career-best 8.6 yards per carry in three games, but received limited touches Sunday because of the injury during Detroit’s second loss this season.

“Things like that separate the good teams from the great teams,” Swift said after the Vikings game. “We’ve got to find a way to finish.”

The injury bug also bit the Lions in Minnesota, with safety Tracy Walker being lost to a season-ending Achilles tear in the first half. He was carted off the field before ultimately being ruled out of action.

Walker confirmed the news Monday on social media. He has the third-most total tackles (20) and was named team captain entering the season.

“I appreciate all the support from my fans and friends,” Walker wrote on Twitter. “It is true that I tore my Achilles and I’m done for the season but I’ll bounce back and be better then ever for the following years to come. TTIME will be back!!”

Campbell also said that losing Walker “hurts” and they’ll examine everything to try and fill the void of his production.

“That’s a significant loss for multiple reasons,” he said. “Since I walked in the door last year, he’s been all-in. He’s one of our team captains this year and nobody has put in more work than he has since the spring and he’s one of the smartest players we have on defense, that’s huge. And he’s productive so you’re losing a big cog in the piece that helps you over there.”


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