Lions lose Tracy Walker for season to Achilles injury; Swift could miss time with shoulder

Detroit Lions safety Tracy Walker III (21) runs onto the field before a preseason NFL football game, Sunday, Aug. 28, 2022, in Pittsburgh, PA. (AP Photo/Matt Durisko) (Matt Durisko, Copyright 2022 The Associated Press. All rights reserved.)

DETROIT – The Detroit Lions came out of Sunday’s last-minute loss with more than regrets.

Starting safety Tracy Walker III said he tore his Achilles in the game vs. the Vikings on Sunday, ending his season. Walker just signed a new contract with the team this past offseason, and was one of the leaders of the defense.

To make matters worse, NFL Network’s Tom Pelissero reports the team’s starting running back D’Andre Swift suffered a shoulder sprain and “could miss some time,” but won’t require surgery. Swift was already dealing with an ankle sprain that has caused him to miss practice for the last two weeks.

Swift has had limited offensive involvement since injuring the ankle, but still provided explosiveness for a Lions offense that badly needed it coming into the season.

If Swift misses time, Jamaal Williams and Craig Reynolds will likely split reps in the backfield.

Juju Hughes will likely fill in as the starter at safety with Walker out for the season.

The Lions take on the Seahawks in Detroit on Sunday.

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Ken Haddad is the digital content and audience manager for WDIV / He also authors the Morning Report Newsletter and various other newsletters. He's been with WDIV since 2013. He enjoys suffering through Lions games on Sundays in the fall.