On the bright side, Lions 'still have hope in Swift'

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As the Lions enter December without a win to their name, here’s one reason to keep watching: D’Andre Swift should be back on the field this season.

Swift won’t play Sunday against the Vikings after re-injuring his shoulder in Detroit’s Thanksgiving loss to the Bears. But Dan Campbell said Friday that the team isn’t considering shutting him down for the year.

“We don’t feel that way,” said Campbell. “We still have hope in Swift.”

Swift has carried a heavy workload this season with the eighth most touches in the NFL. And he’s made the most of them, leading NFC running backs in yards from scrimmage.

He’s also played through various injuries since training camp, so a week or two off might do him some good.

As for when Swift might return, Campbell said, “Right now, I feel like he may be a week away. I’m hoping that, as a matter of fact.

"He’s still pretty sore, but he’s getting better. He’s improving. We’ll see where it goes here. I’ll know a lot more tomorrow, you see how he feels day in and day out. But as of right now, he’s pretty tender.”

The Lions will lean hard on Jamaal Williams in Swift's absence. Godwin Igwebuike and rookie Jermar Jefferson will see increased roles as well.

"It's not easy to replace a guy like him, as dynamic as he’s been," Campbell said. "It really becomes that production by committee now."