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Lions RB D'Andre Swift has cleared the concussion protocol. He missed practice on Thursday with an illness but is now on track to return for this weekend's game against the Bears. We'll get another update on his status tomorrow.

Lions RB D'Andre Swift (concussion) remained limited in Wednesday's practice. He still has some work to do to clear the protocol, although interim HC Darrell Bevell said he's "optimistic" about the rookie's chances to returning for this weekend's game vs. the Bears. We'll get another update on Swift tomorrow.

The Lions have announced that they've fired HC Matt Patricia and GM Bob Quinn. Patricia was in his 3rd season with Detroit. He finishes just 13-29-1, with the 6-10 of his 1st season standing as his best winning percentage. Quinn had been at his post since 2016, overseeing the Lions go 31-43-1 in that time. That span started with a pair of 9-7 seasons under Jim Caldwell. OC Darrell Bevell steps into the interim HC role.

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Lions RB D'Andre Swift (concussion) is officially inactive for today's game against the Texans. RB Adrian Peterson is the favorite to lead Detroit in carries, but RB Kerryon Johnson will also be involved on the ground and should handle most of the passing-down work.

Lions RB D'Andre Swift (concussion) is "unlikely" to play against the Texans today, according to NFL Network's Ian Rapoport. The rookie wasn't quite able to pass through the protocol but is trending toward a Week 13 return. Swift's absence again leaves Detroit's backfield to Adrian Peterson and Kerryon Johnson. Last week, Peterson tallied 7 carries and 1 target to Johnson's 6 carries and 5 targets. We're expecting a similar workload split today. Check out the updated projections for the Lions backfield.

Lions RB D'Andre Swift (concussion) is listed as questionable for Thursday's game vs. the Texans. He put in limited practices on Tuesday and Wednesday but has more work to do to clear the concussion protocol. We'll see if he can get there before tomorrow's game. We'll get Swift's status by 11 am ET. If he remains out, it'll again be Kerryon Johnson and Adrian Peterson in Detroit's backfield.

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 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.

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 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 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 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 TE T.J. Hockenson (toe) is listed as questionable for this weekend’s game vs. Washington. He was added to the injury report and sidelined on Thursday but returned to a limited practice on Friday. His game kicks off at 1 pm ET on Sunday, so we’ll find out if Hockenson is active by noon. The toe obviously adds some risk to his Week 10 profile.

Lions TE T.J. Hockenson was added to Thursday's injury report with a toe and didn't practice. His status for this weekend's game against Washington is now in question. Check back tomorrow for another update.

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 Lions have ruled S Tracy Walker out for Sunday's game against the Vikings. Walker missed every day of practice this week, but it's still a surprising situation after Walker played every snap in the Week 8 loss to the Colts. Walker's absence improves the matchup for Vikings TE Irv Smith. S Will Harris figures to step in for Walker.

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.

Lions HC Matt Patricia said Monday that the team will place DE Trey Flowers on IR with an undisclosed injury. NFL Network's Ian Rapoport reports that Detroit expects to get Flowers back this season. We'll see about further details on this situation, but Flowers hasn't been a strong IDP contributor so far this season. He's OK to drop for a replacement in leagues of shallow-to-moderate depth. Flowers' absence will leave room for Romeo Okwara to continue playing starter snaps even with Everson Griffen becoming available off last week's trade.

 
 
 

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