D’Andre Swift, Taylor Decker and Frank Ragnow not training for Detroit Lions
ALLEN PARK — The Detroit Lions were without three-fifths of their offensive line as preparations began for COs Washington, and D’Andre Swift as well.
Detroit has been proactive with Swift’s health throughout training camp after the running back missed most of his first two camps while battling groin and hip injuries. Swift had regular days off and her workload was managed, which helped her start an opener for the first time in her career. Then he ripped through Philadelphia for 144 rushing yards and 175 rushing yards, both career highs. It was the best first game for a running back for the Lions since Barry Sanders.
But as the Lions began setting up their game plan for Washington on Wednesday afternoon, Swift was nowhere to be found during the 15 minutes open to reporters. All-Pro center Frank Ragnow was also out of attendance as he struggled with a groin injury, while left tackle Taylor Decker came out to practice in street clothes – and a sleeve of compression on his left leg – a few minutes after the start of training.
Add to that the continued absence of guard Halapoulivaati Vaitai, who is recovering from back and long-term surgery, and Detroit is without three starting offensive linemen and its star running back as it tries to figure it out. how to avoid another 0-2 hole. Worse still, Tommy Kraemer – Vaitai’s top replacement – also continues to be sidelined with a back injury.
Decker’s problem is unknown and will not be clarified until the injury report is released at 4 p.m. Wednesday. Ragnow is officially day to day with the groin injury he suffered in training last week. He still managed to play 69 offensive snaps against Philadelphia, and even though he was unusually shaky, he still set the tone for a terrific day on the field.
“He makes you proud, because that’s what you want all your guys to do on the team,” offensive line coach Hank Fraley said. “Shoot, who knows what his percentage was – how healthy he was – but he fought. He made a mistake here and there, but man he plays physically and the guys feed off of it. He’s a boss. He wasn’t going to come out. You want that in the middle – his leadership, his spirit, his focus, his attacking control. There is something to be said for that.
On the defensive side, captain Michael Brockers also did not train on Wednesday.