Jared Goff isn’t the only key offensive player the Detroit Lions will have back in the mix for Sunday’s game against the Seattle Seahawks.
Lions coach Dan Campbell said Wednesday running back D’Andre Swift is in line to return after a four-week absence due to a sprained shoulder.
Swift has not played since the first half of a Thanksgiving loss to the Chicago Bears.
“We feel like he’s going to be ready this week and he’s been wanting to go,” Campbell said. “So I think we feel like we’re in a place where, let’s go and cut him loose and let’s let him continue to grow and get better. That way we go into next year, he’s that much better for it.”
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Detroit Lions running back D’Andre Swift runs the ball against the Chicago Bears during the first half Thursday, Nov. 25, 2021, at Ford Field.
Swift leads the Lions with 140 carries, 555 yards rushing and six total touchdowns.
He posted career-highs of 33 carries and 130 yards rushing in a Nov. 14 tie with the Pittsburgh Steelers, when he first injured his shoulder, and had 136 yards the following week in a loss to the Cleveland Browns.
The Lions (2-12-1) are 2-2 with Swift out of the lineup and have averaged 118.5 yards rushing the past four weeks with a patchwork running game.
Backup running back Jamaal Williams missed two games with COVID-19, Godwin Igwebuike and Craig Reynolds made fill-in starts against the Denver Broncos and Arizona Cardinals, and Reynolds, promoted from the practice squad, has 224 yards rushing the past three weeks.
Swift, in his second NFL season, returned to practice on a limited basis last week. Campbell said the Lions have not given any thought to shutting Swift down and believe there is value in having him on the field that will carry over to 2022.
“We look at it as it’s an opportunity for him to grow,” Campbell said. “I think…