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Lions RBs D'Andre Swift (groin) and Jamaal Williams (hip) are active for today’s game vs. the Vikings. We’re expecting both guys to be available to play their usual roles.

ESPN's Adam Schefter confirms that Lions RB Jamaal Williams (hip) is expected to play vs. the Vikings today. He was limited in practice all week, but we never sensed any concern about Williams' status. He should be ready for his usual role today.

Lions RBs D'Andre Swift (groin) and Jamaal Williams (hip) were limited in practice all week and are listed as questionable for Sunday's game vs. the Vikings. This has been the case with Swift all season, so there's no reason to worry there. It's a new injury for Williams, but we've heard nothing to suggest that it's a real concern. We'll get Detroit's inactives around 11:30 am ET on Sunday.

Lions RB D'Andre Swift is questionable for Monday night's game against the Packers. He's still dealing with the groin issue that limited his practice time in training camp. Swift put in a full practice Saturday, though, after being limited the previous 2 days. RBs coach Duce Staley said Friday that the injury carries "no concern" going forward, according to Dave Birkett of the Detroit Free Press. We'll go ahead and assume Swift plays, and we'll update his status Monday.

NFL Network's Tom Pelissero is told that Lions RB Jamaal Williams will start and "carry the load" vs. the 49ers today. RB D'Andre Swift is expected to be used mostly on 3rd downs, per Pelissero. That's contrary to RB Duce Staley saying earlier this week that Swift won't be on a snap count. But it's worth remembering that Swift didn't practice much in August due to groin trouble. Consider this a shaky backfield to invest in this week.

The groin issue for Lions RB D'Andre Swift has been downplayed throughout camp, but HC Dan Campbell says he doesn't yet know what the injury will mean for the regular-season opener. "We don't know if he's gonna be there," Campbell said, via Chris Burke of The Athletic. "We don't know, even if he is, how much we're going to get out of him." Campbell said the team would work him hard in practice Tuesday to test his conditioning. We'll watch for further indications of Detroit's plan leading up to Week 1. In the meantime, Jamaal Williams remains a high-upside play in low-RB3 to RB4 range of fantasy football drafts.

Lions OC Anthony Lynn suggested in an interview with The Athletic that RB Jamaal Williams will play a bigger role than fantasy drafters are expecting. “Jamaal is what I’d call a classic ‘A’ back,” Lynn said. “I like to break the backs down into A and B. My ‘A’ backs are normally my bigger backs. They can run between the tackles, block probably a little better than a ‘B’ back, they can also run the perimeter. I can leave those guys in there for all three downs. My ‘B’ back comes in, he’s a guy that sometimes I want to use in space more. He’s my speed-in-space guy." D'Andre Swift -- who's going 11 rounds ahead of Williams in ADP -- would be the 'B' back in this scenario. No one should be expecting the 212-pound Swift to be a true workhorse. But he averaged 16 touches over his final 6 games last season and seemed in line to at least see that much work in 2021. It's worth noting that Detroit's new coaching staff inherited Swift but went out and acquired Williams in free agency. This backfield split will be worth monitoring closely this summer. Swift carries some risk at his mid-2nd-round ADP, while Williams looks like a nice value in the 13th.

RB Jamaal Williams has agreed to a 2-year deal with the Lions worth "up to" $7.5 million, according to NFL Network's Tom Pelissero. Williams saw regular usage in both the run and passing game with the Packers, averaging 125 carries and 30.5 receptions across 4 seasons. His contract terms don't suggest he'll threaten D'Andre Swift's expected lead role in the backfield. We'll see about Williams vs. Kerryon Johnson, though, under new HC Dan Campbell and his staff. Williams turns 26 in April.

Packers RB Jamaal Williams (quad) isn’t listed on the final injury report and will return for Sunday’s game vs. the Bears. We’re curious to see how reps are split between Williams and A.J. Dillon behind Aaron Jones after the rookie’s Week 16 breakout. Neither Williams nor Dillon can be trusted in Week 17 fantasy lineups.

Packers RB Jamaal Williams (quad) is inactive for tonight's game vs. the Titans. Look for Aaron Jones to dominate backfield work.

Packers RB Jamaal Williams (quad) missed practice all week and is listed as doubtful for Sunday night's game vs. the Titans. His absence will leave rookie A.J. Dillon as the #2 RB -- but Aaron Jones should dominate backfield work. He set season highs with a 90% snap rate and 20 carries after Williams exited early in last week's game.

Packers RB Jamaal Williams (quad) did not practice on Wednesday. RB Aaron Jones set season highs with a 90% snap rate and 20 carries after Williams exited early in last week's game and would be in for a volume boost if Williams is out vs. Tennessee on Sunday night.

Packers RB Jamaal Williams suffered a quad injury in the 1st half of Saturday night's game vs. the Panthers and didn't return. That propelled RB Aaron Jones to a season-high 90% snap rate and 158 total yards on 23 touches. Jones will get a significant boost if Williams misses next Sunday night's game vs. the Titans.

The Packers have activated RB Jamaal Williams from the COVID list. Williams never tested positive but missed Thursday night's win over the 49ers because of close contact with teammate AJ Dillon, who did test positive. Green Bay, of course, got RB Aaron Jones back from his calf strain for that game. That figures to return Williams to fantasy-reserve status for Week 10 and beyond. He's worth holding if you can, though, in case Jones goes down again.

The 49ers on Wednesday received a positive COVID test and immediately closed team facilities. That's particularly noteworthy because it comes a day before San Francisco is scheduled to host the Packers on Thursday night football. We'll see whether this situation alters the timing of the game. If the NFL pushes the game to later in the weekend or Monday night, then Packers RB Jamaal Williams might have time to return from isolation. If the game remains on Thursday night, Williams will miss it because of close contact with RB AJ Dillon, who tested positive for COVID at the beginning of the week. More time also might help Aaron Jones move beyond his calf strain to play after missing the past 2 games. Stay tuned.

Packers RB Jamaal Williams will miss Thursday night's game against the 49ers because of his "high-risk close contact" status with RB AJ Dillon. We'll see whether RB Aaron Jones is ready to return after missing the past 2 contests. Green Bay estimated him as a limited practice participant Monday (but didn't have an actual workout). If Jones can't play, then Tyler Ervin and Dexter Williams would lead the backfield. Each is worth consideration on waivers this week at low investment. It wouldn't be a great matchup for either reserve back, though.

Packers RB Jamaal Williams is considered a "close contact" of RB A.J. Dillon, who's been placed on the COVID list, according to NFL Network's Ian Rapoport. Williams wasn't able to practice on Monday. And if he's deemed a "high-risk close contact," he won't be able to play vs. the 49ers on Thursday night. Dillon is obviously out for that one, while RB Aaron Jones (calf) remains iffy. Tyler Ervin is the only other RB on Green Bay's active roster. RB Dexter Williams is on the practice squad.

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