Swift could return Sunday for Lions, but in 'smaller' role

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Is this the week D'Andre Swift returns to action for the Lions?

Things seem to moving in the right direction for the rookie running back, who has cleared concussion protocol and is listed as questionable for Sunday's game against the Bears.

Swift was unable to practice Thursday or Friday due to a non-COVID-19-related illness, but there's still a decent chance he suits up on Sunday.

That said, Swift would likely have a limited role after missing practice for most of the last three weeks.

"We’re just building him up, giving him a little bit more, a little bit more," interim head coach Darrell Bevell said Friday. "So obviously, it’d just go back to a smaller package for him. He’s been in meetings, he’s been in and out (of the building), coaches have been in communication with him, he’s been on some Zoom stuff.

"We just have to see, as far as the gameplan-specific stuff. It would be very specific so that he could go out there and play fast."

The last time Swift played he turned 21 touches into 149 yards and a touchdown in a Week 10 win over Washington. Bevell said there hasn't been any talk about shutting him down for the season.

"It’s really been a day-to-day thing, so I wouldn’t say it’s gone that far as that discussion. I think it’s just been a focus every day on his health and trying to get him right.”

While Swift is trending toward a return, Kenny Golladay is stuck on the sidelines. He'll miss his fifth straight game Sunday due to the hip injury he suffered in Detroit's Week 8 loss to the Colts. He did not practice this week.

Bevell said Golladay's spirits remain high despite the frustrating circumstances. The Pro Bowl WR has played all four quarters in just four games this season, including three of Detroit's four wins.

"I love Kenny," Bevell said. "He’s always got a good look in his eye, a super competitive guy. He wants to be out there for his teammates, he wants to be out there and playing ball for himself. He’s a game-changer for us when he’s out there.

"We definitely miss him and his athleticism and his big catch radius, and we can’t wait to get him back out there.”

The Lions on Sunday will also be without CB Jeff Okudah (shoulder) for the second straight game and DL Da'Shawn Hand (groin). S Tracy Walker also popped up on Friday's injury report due to an illness and is listed as questionable.