The Seattle Seahawks defense struggled to contain the Atlanta Falcons’ run game in Week 3 as running back Cordarrelle Patterson tore them down on 17 carries for 141 yards and a touchdown in an eventual 27-23 victory for Atlanta.
But now, en route to a road meeting with the Detroit Lions on Sunday, the Seahawks appeared to have dodged a major bullet.
Lions coach Dan Campbell said Swift, who suffered a shoulder injury in Detroit’s loss to the Minnesota Vikings on Sunday, should feel “incredible” to play against Seattle.
“It would have to open the sky, and the bright light come out and, ‘I’m ready to go, and it’s amazing, and here we go,'” Campbell said. “We’re prepared for that. We knew it would be difficult to have a full season with him healthy – that’s just the nature of the job. Swift, he’s different. And I mean that in a good way. And it’s just the way it goes.
With Swift likely out against the Seahawks, the Lions will rely on veteran running back Jamaal Williams, who had 20 carries for 87 yards and two touchdowns against the Vikings.
Swift has been dynamic this season despite an ankle injury as well. In the season opener against the Philadelphia Eagles, he rushed 15 times for 144 yards and a touchdown. And after announcing he would be restricted in Week 2 against the Washington Commanders, Swift still rushed five times for 56 yards while catching two passes for 31 yards and a touchdown.
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Swift currently leads all running backs in yards per carry (8.6) and would be a real threat to a shaky Seattle defense if he got dressed.
But as things stand, it looks like the Seahawks won’t have to worry about him and can instead focus their defensive attention elsewhere.
Seattle and Detroit start from Ford Field on Sunday at 10 a.m. PT
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