Lions Get Bad News on D'Andre Swift Hours Before Thanksgiving Day Game Against Texans

David Kaestle
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After sustaining a concussion prior to the Detroit Lions' last game, starting rookie running back D'Andre Swift was questionable to suit up for their Thanksgiving Day game against the Houston Texans.

However, it now appears Swift is heading to the bench for his second-straight game.

Playing without Swift will present another tough situation for a Lions team that is hurting on offense, both figuratively and literally. Detroit is coming off a goose egg in Week 11 against the Carolina Panthers, and will be without top wideout Kenny Golladay on Thursday as well.

Additionally, in Swift's absence last week, Adrian Peterson and Kerryon Johnson both struggled to get anything going on the ground against a Panthers' defense that isn't great against the run, ranking No. 17 in rushing yards allowed per game (116.8).

While the Texans, who give up the most rushing yards in the league (159.3 per game), do present an easier matchup defensively, starting quarterback Matthew Stafford won't be playing at 100% either. His thumb injury will make things that much tougher on an already shorthanded Lions' offense.

While Swift's status is not 100% certain yet, it looks as though Detroit will be without its top back.

FanDuel Sportsbook's NFL odds have Detroit as 3-point home underdogs in Week 12.

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