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Lions RB D'Andre Swift put in a limited practice Wednesday, his 1st participation since suffering a concussion last week. That indicates he's not yet through the league protocol but is at least making progress. We'll see whether Swift can gain clearance ahead of Thursday's upside matchup with Houston. If he can't, then it'll be Adrian Peterson and Kerryon Johnson splitting the backfield again.

Lions WR Kenny Golladay still did not participate in practice Tuesday because of the hip injury that has cost him the past 2 games. Golladay looks like a weak bet to play on Thanksgiving.

Lions RB D'Andre Swift (concussion) was listed as a non-participant on Monday. Detroit didn't actually practice, so it's only an estimate. But it doesn't look like Swift has made much progress through the protocol. Consider him no better than 50/50 for Thursday's game vs. the Texans.

Lions QB Matthew Stafford (thumb) is active for today’s game against the Panthers. NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport said this morning that Stafford will have “no limitations” with the ligament injury to his throwing thumb — but we’re still considering him a riskier fantasy play than usual this week.

NFL Network's Ian Rapoport hears that Lions RBs Adrian Peterson and Kerryon Johnson will split carries against the Panthers today. Peterson has played well ahead of Johnson all season, but Lions RBs coach Kyle Caskey said earlier this week that Johnson "will fill [D'Andre Swift's role] as much as possible." This situation might just evolve throughout today's game. We lean toward Peterson as the play in non-PPR leagues; Johnson in PPR.

Lions QB Matthew Stafford is expected to start against the Panthers today and "has no limitations," according to NFL Network's Ian Rapoport. That's despite a minor torn ligament in his throwing thumb. That injury still adds some level of risk to Stafford's Week 11 profile. And with WRs Kenny Golladay and Danny Amendola out, Stafford looks like more of a QB2 this week.

With RB D'Andre Swift out for Sunday's game against the Panthers, Lions RBs coach Kyle Caskey says Adrian Peterson will "lead it off" but that Kerryon Johnson "will fill [Swift's role] as much as possible." That makes Johnson sounds like the better fantasy player here -- at least in PPR formats. Of course, we'll all just be guessing at the workload split heading into the game. Fortunately, Carolina brings the league's 4th-best RB scoring matchup, so it's a spot capable of supporting fantasy value in both Detroit RBs.

Lions QB Matthew Stafford (thumb) is listed as questionable for this weekend’s game against the Panthers. He got in limited practices on Thursday and Friday. Stafford seems to be trending toward playing. But between the injury to his throwing thumb and the absence of WR Kenny Golladay, he’s just a QB2 for Week 11.

Lions WRs Kenny Golladay (hip) and Danny Amendola are out for this weekend’s game against the Panthers. Golladay was limited on Wednesday before sitting out on Thursday and Friday, so it looks like he suffered a setback. Marvin Jones, Marvin Hall and Quintez Cephus figure to operate as Detroit’s top 3 WRs on Sunday.

Lions RB D'Andre Swift (concussion) has been ruled out for Sunday's game against the Panthers. We'll see if he can get cleared for Week 12. The rookie's absence this weekend leaves Detroit's backfield to Adrian Peterson and Kerryon Johnson. Over the season's first 4 games, before Swift's role grew, Peterson tallied 54 carries and 6 targets to Johnson's 21 carries and 3 targets.

Lions WR Kenny Golladay (hip) did not practice on Thursday. That follows a limited workout on Wednesday. Either Golladay suffered a setback or this was a planned day off. We'll get another update tomorrow, but fantasy owners should plan on not having Golladay in Week 11 lineups at this point.

Lions RB D'Andre Swift was held out of Thursday's practice and listed on the injury report with a concussion. It's the 1st we've heard of it. With Lions-Panthers less than 3 days away, Swift is looking very iffy. Fantasy owners should start lining up alternatives. The rookie's absence would leave Detroit's backfield to Adrian Peterson and Kerryon Johnson

Lions WR Kenny Golladay (hip) returned to a limited practice on Wednesday. That gives him a chance to play against the Panthers this weekend. We'll monitor Golladay's progress over the next few days -- plus QB Matthew Stafford's thumb injury.

Lions QB Matthew Stafford has been diagnosed with a partial tear in a ligament in his right (throwing) thumb, according to NFL Network's Tom Pelissero. "They’ll take the week to see how he throws the ball. But Stafford is tough as they come and the expectation is he starts Sunday against the Panthers," Pelissero adds. We'll keep a close eye on Stafford, but the injury to his throwing thumb obviously adds risk to his fantasy profile.

There's "not much concern" about Lions QB Matt Stafford's thumb after tests came back, according to NFL Network's Ian Rapoport. "Though he may be limited some this week, the initial belief is he won’t miss game time," Rapoport adds. We'll keep an eye on Stafford's status throughout the week, but it sounds like he'll be available for Sunday's game vs. the Panthers.

Lions QB Matthew Stafford hurt his right thumb in Sunday's win over Washington. He played through the issue but said he'll have an MRI on the thumb. We'll see whether the thumb challenges Stafford's availability for Week 11.

Lions WR Danny Amendola was knocked out of Sunday's win over Washington with a hip injury. We'll look for an update on the severity.

Lions TE T.J. Hockenson (toe) is active for today’s game vs. Washington. He was added to the injury report and sidelined on Thursday but returned to a limited practice on Friday. Hockenson carries a bit more risk with the toe issue but remains a strong fantasy play vs. Washington’s 26th-ranked TE defense.

Lions TE T.J. Hockenson (toe) is expected to play against Washington today, according to NFL Network's Ian Rapoport. Hockenson missed practice on Thursday and was limited on Friday, so there's elevated risk here. But he remains a top-3 TE play on the slate.

Lions WR Kenny Golladay (hip) missed practice all week and is out for Sunday's game vs. Washington. Danny Amendola has actually out-targeted Marvin Jones 24 to 18 in the 3 games Golladay has missed this season.

 
 
 

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