Leading up to the 2022 season, Detroit Lions running back D'Andre Swift was challenged by Lions assistant head coach/running backs coach Duce Staley to be able to play through pain. Well, now that the 2022 season is in the books, Swift has revealed that he played through multiple injuries that probably would have kept him on the bench in previous seasons.
What injuries did D'Andre Swift play through in 2022?
On Monday, Swift spoke to reporters and he revealed that he played the entire 2022 season with a high ankle sprain and a separated shoulder.
“Played the whole season with a high ankle sprain and a separated shoulder, so just did what I could,” Swift said Monday. “I mean, just pushed through.”
The Lions concluded their season with a win over the Green Bay Packers on Sunday Night Football, and Swift said that win “meant everything” to the team.
Swift said “it meant everything” for the Lions “to go out like that in that scenario and finish the season strong.”
“Super proud of the culture that we built here,” said Swift. “The way these guys come in and work every single day, the mentality that we have week in and week out always looking to get better, this group is second to none.”
How did D'Andre Swift perform in 2022?
In 14 games for the Lions in 2022, Swift carried the ball a career-low 99 times for 542 yards. His 5.5 yards per carry is a career-high. He also had 48 catches for 389 yards. Overall, Swift scored eight touchdowns (five rushing and three receiving) during the 2022 season.
Hopefully, Swift can get healthy during the offseason so that he is 100% by the time the 2023 season rolls around.