As the Lions’ RB competition unfolded, there weren’t many players who separated themselves. Injuries to Jermar Jefferson and Mohamed Ibrahim didn’t help, and the sudden retirement of Justin Jackson came as a surprise. When Craig Reynolds got the bulk of the carries in the first half of the preseason, it felt like you could pencil him in as RB3. However, the Lions’ initial 53-man roster has just two true running backs: Montgomery and Gibbs.
Not that many were worried about either option coming off the field after they spent so much monetary and draft capital on the two, but it's still a relief to know they're not part of a three-back rotation. It sounds as if Reynolds could be back on the team, as he's not subject to waivers. There will likely eventually be an RB3 on the roster, but it's clearly an afterthought for the team.
And now, according to the story, head coach Dan Campbell openly regrets how much work the team gave Swift during the team’s loss against the Miami Dolphins in Week 8. Campbell told 97.1 The Ticket’s Stoney & Jansen that “he’s not back” and they should’ve spread more of Swift’s work around. Obviously this isn't great news for owners going forward as the Lions will likely reduce his workload until declared fully healthy. Be sure to monitor his practice status this week.
This will be something to monitor. Swift did play right up to the end of the game. The team did sign Jackson off the practice squad today so there could be some concern here. Williams would be next up if Swift can't go.
The tweet said more names could drop today for the Bolts. It's possible Ekeler can be cleared for Week 16, especially with more relaxed rules. And, the Chargers fortunately play an early afternoon game Sunday against the Texans leaving owners time to adjust lineups. If Ekeler isn't able to go, Jackson probably is the lead back with Kelley also getting some work.