Despite clearing concussion protocol, Adrian Peterson says D'Andre Swift 'hasn't been himself'

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The Lions haven't said much about D'Andre Swift's concussion, whether it's been Matt Patricia or Darrell Bevell fielding the questions.

On Thursday Adrian Peterson said a lot. He said Swift hasn't been himself since he was diagnosed with a brain injury three weeks ago. Specifically, he said the rookie hasn't had the same energy level. He said 'it hurts' to watch Swift go through this.

"It’s unfortunate that he’s dealing with this and something that he’s going through," Peterson said. "But when I see him I’m always just kind of picking his brain, checking in on his health, how he’s feeling and how things are going for him -- is he improving? Because that’s the most important thing.

"You think of a guy like Swift, he’s very competitive, obviously a great person and athlete. To kind of see him not being himself, the 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, and we miss him out there as well."

The Lions announced Thursday that Swift has cleared concussion protocol after visiting an independent neurologist. He was held out of practice Thursday because of an illness, according to the team. His status for Sunday's game against the Bears remains a question mark.

Peterson has taken Swift under his wing from the moment they became teammates in September. He talked Swift through the first major gaffe of his career in the Lions' season-opening loss to the Bears, and now he's trying to talk him through what sounds like a pretty serous health scare. Swift hasn't played since lifting Detroit to a Week 10 win over Washington.

Mostly, Peterson wants the 21-year-old to think first and foremost about his health.

"I just try to motivate him and tell him that things will get better," said Peterson. "Encourage him to be smart, because obviously after missing two games and still kind of dealing with some things it makes you put things into perspective and realize what’s most important. And that’s making sure that you’re completely healthy and you’re good.

"So letting him understand that, 'Hey, you’re young. When you’re ready, we’ll be ready for you to come out there and get back to doing what you’re doing. But no one knows you like you, so just remember that and go off of that.' For me, of course we would love him out there being able to do his thing, but even more importantly than football is his well-being and his health."

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