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Free Press sports writers Dave Birkett and Carlos Monares visualized the Detroit Lions match Sunday against the Carolina Panthers.

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The Detroit Lions will not leave rookie D’Andre Swift for Sunday’s game against the Carolina Panthers because of the concussion symptoms he presented this week.

Running Lions coach Kyle Caskey confirmed after training on Friday that Swift will not play against the Panthers.

The Lions will use a combination of Adrian Peterson and Kerion Johnson in his place, with Jonathan Williams playing as No. 3.

“A lot this season (we relied) on Adrian, but Kerion is obviously playing like a new Kerion right now, so we’ll let him in there and get the job done,” Kaski said. “We’ll find out how the rotation goes when we get into the game. I mean, it’s not a bad problem to have a former MVP in the league and another second round pick and all that to come back. So yes, we’re disappointed we won’t have Swift but we’ll be fine in the running room. “

Neither the helmet of the helmet, nor the Lions of Matt Patricia will provide a schedule for how and when Swift’s brain injury occurred or even say whether it is related to football.

Swift was a full participant in the practice on Wednesday and spoke to reporters at a video conference after training. But he was not on the field to start training early Thursday afternoon.

Players with a concussion report are released from their media duties for the week.

“It was something that came up and we wanted to make sure we were doing our thorough check there to make sure he was okay and that’s exactly how they saw him,” Patricia said. “We’ll be careful and make sure he’s there as soon as he can, based on the protocols. The protocols are what they are. That’s something, the timeline is pretty narrow with all this.”

The NFL Shake Protocol is a five-step process that players must go through before they can return to the game.

After the concussion symptoms subside, players are allowed to engage in light aerobic exercise, then gradually introduce strength training and non-contact football-related activities.

Once the team’s doctors clear a contact player, he must be cleared by an independent neurologist to play a game.

Swift had the highest of the season 149 yards from a brawl in last week’s victory over Washington, when he made the first start of his career.

It is unclear whether he will be available for next week’s Thanksgiving game against Houston Texas.

“We’re just going to keep rolling with these guys,” Patricia said. “If they’re out there and if Swift is there, great. I think it’s really just part of the mentality to make sure you have enough depth in the back-running position to feel comfortable.”

Broad receivers Kenny Goladay and Danny Amendola missed training on Friday with hip injuries, which could leave the Lions (4-5) without two of their best receivers on Sunday.

Golladay, who has missed the last two games, was a limited participant in training on Wednesday and was on the field, training at the start of training on Thursday, according to the pool report, but was included as a non-participant for the day.

Asked if Goladay had failed, Patricia said: “We try to be smart with everyone here, knowing that we have two games really close together. I think all the time we mention maybe that in these situations, guys who They’re just coming back to practice, we try to be smart with them as we go through the week. If we push them one day, then what the next day looks like, and just try to evaluate each day’s daily situation from that point of view. “

Matthew Stafford took replays from the first team during training on Friday and is on the line to start despite the thumb injury he received against Washington.

Contact Dave Birkett at dbirkett@freepress.com. Follow him on Twitter @davebirkett.