The Lions will likely be without D'Andre Swift for Sunday's game against the Vikings. And there's at least a chance they'll be without him for the rest of the season.
Swift injured his shoulder in Detroit's loss to the Bears on Thanksgiving and wasn't spotted at practice Wednesday. Dan Campbell said Monday that it's hard to envision him playing this weekend.
Per a report Wednesday from Jeremy Fowler, Swift 'could miss multiple weeks' and the Lions 'will be cautious' returning one of their best players to action.
The Lions have six games remaining. It's way too early to say Swift is done for the year, but things will get tight if he winds up on injured reserve. If the Lions make that decision this week, Swift wouldn't be eligible to return until a Week 16 game against the Falcons the day after Christmas.
At that point, the Lions might decide Swift is better off resting heading into the offseason than risking re-injury in a meaningless game down the stretch. He's carried a heavy workload this season as it is, with the eighth most touches in the NFL. He's 11th in yards from scrimmage.
For now, Detroit will lean on Jamaal Williams in the backfield, with Godwin Igwebuike and rookie Jermar Jefferson in line for more work as well.