Lions OC Ben Johnson: D’Andre Swift “pissed off a little bit” about playing time

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Running back D'Andre Swift played 33 offensive snaps when returned to the Lions lineup in Week Eight and head coach Dan Campbell said after the game that “wherever he can go, we’re going to let him go” in reference to Swift’s playing time in the weeks to come.

That suggested Swift would be in line for more playing time in the future, but things went the other way in Week Nine. Swift played 10 snaps in last Sunday’s win over the Packers and it appears the drop in playing time didn’t agree with him.

Lions offensive coordinator Ben Johnson said on Thursday that Swift “got pissed off a little bit” about the way the snaps were doled out, but he didn’t make any promises about how things will go against the Bears this weekend.

“It’s a balance right now for him because once again he hasn’t felt 100 percent, and that’s been a big part of it is when he’s feeling good and it’s going to show up on Sunday in a positive way for us,” Johnson said, via Dave Birkett of the Detroit Free Press. “So, we’ll see. We’ll see as the week goes on in practice, we’ll see on Sunday as we get into the game just how much or how little we use him.”

Swift has been limited in practice this week due to the ankle and shoulder injuries that caused him to miss three games earlier this season, so it would seem he’s still not at the 100 percent level that Johnson and the Lions appear to be looking for before they cast off all restrictions on his usage.

7 responses to “Lions OC Ben Johnson: D’Andre Swift “pissed off a little bit” about playing time

  1. Swift has had a lot of nagging injuries. Lions are limiting his snaps to keep him healthy. Unfortunately, Swift can’t be counted on, even if he is capable of spectacular play.

  2. Despite all his talent, Swift is made of glass and still not fully healthy. It was mentioned in an earlier article that he probably won’t be 100% all year.

    The team is 2-6. What would be the point in letting him injure himself again? Let whoever the new coach is next year have a healthy RB to start the season.

  3. Thank goodness the OC didn’t use the “I wouldn’t want a player that didn’t get pissed about less playing time” line.
    That always comes off as sounding like you are a weak pushover.

  4. Free D’Andre Swift!! he’s arguably the best player on the team. Did crazy things against the Eagles and Commanders when he got opportunities. At this point he either can take an NFL hit or he cant. Give him a 50/50 split with Williams and watch the offense hum. Stop getting cute with 3rd & 4th string running backs like Justin Jackson

  5. As a Lions fan, I get a little “pissed off” when Swift plays one game then spends the next 3 weeks either out or extremely limited due to an injury he suffered during that one game.

    He has a lot of talent, but the best ability is availability.

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