Lions C Travis Swanson out with concussion vs. Bears
The Lions have ruled out center Travis Swanson for Sunday’s game against the Chicago Bears.
Swanson suffered a concussion last weekend against the Saints, although the symptoms didn’t manifest until after the 28-13 victory. The team is expected to go with rookie Graham Glasgow in Swanson’s place, with Laken Tomlinson moving back into the starting lineup at left guard.
In addition to Swanson, the Lions ruled eight players questionable — Defensive end Ziggy Ansah (ankle), safety Don Carey (hamstring), tight end Eric Ebron (knee), wide receiver Marvin Jones (quad), linebackers DeAndre Levy (knee) and Tahir Whitehead (knee) and running backs Theo Riddick (wrist) and Dwayne Washington (ankle).
Carey, Jones and Whitehead all sat out last weekend, while Levy is threatening to miss his 12th consecutive game.
The banged-up backfield opens the door for Joique Bell to potentially see some work in his return with the Lions, even though the team is uncertain what he has to offer.
“It’ll be fun to see, it’ll be fun to find out,” offensive coordinator Jim Bob Cooter said. “ Joique’s been around here for a while, we know him, you guys know him. Been a productive player in the league, excited to see how he is moving forward.”