Lions’ Taylor Decker, Kevin Strong will return to practice Wednesday

Sports 13 October, 2021 - 10:28am

The Lions are getting a few players back at practice this week.

While both players will return to the field on Wednesday, they will both likely remain on IR for the time being and won’t count against the Lions' 53-man active roster. Their return to practice starts a new three-week window in which the Lions will have to either activate them or keep them on IR for the remainder of the season.

Obviously, getting Decker back this week would be huge for the Lions, as their pass protection has struggled in the past few weeks with rookie Penei Sewell allowing four sacks over the past two games. Decker suffered a finger injury in practice before Week 1 and it was serious enough to require surgery. In recent weeks, he’s shown his support by being at practice and going through warmups before the game, but he’s been sporting a brace.

On Tuesday, Campbell told 97.1 The Ticket that there’s no guarantee Decker will play this week, and for now, they’re operating with the assumption that he won’t quite be ready.

“We’re just going to take it day-by-day,” Campbell said. “Until we know he’s like, ‘I know I’m ready. I can go. I can do it,’ we’re assuming that he’s out,” Campbell said. “Now we’re going to try to get him back, but we’re going to function as if he’s not here until we know that he feels good about it and we do, as well.”

Strong played 24 defensive snaps in the season opener but suffered a concussion in that game. He appeared on route to returning to play but suffered a thigh injury, prompting the move to injured reserve. His status for this week is unclear, but his absence has opened the door for rookie Levi Onwuzurike to earn more playing time.

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HARRISBURG, Pa. — A report from the Pennsylvania Department of Health shows more vaccinated Pennsylvanians are becoming infected with COVID-19 and ending up in hospitals.

More than one out of every four new cases over the last month in the commonwealth were in vaccinated individuals.

It's the same for hospitalizations, as hospital beds filled with more than 1,200 fully vaccinated residents.

Experts say one explanation for this is that data shows immunity from Pfizer's COVID-19 vaccine starts to wear off after about six months. 

"As more and more people get farther and farther out from their last dose, then they have less immunity, which means the virus has more opportunity to move around," said Dr. Todd Husty, Seminole County, Florida's medical director.

The Department of Health officials say vaccines are still most effective at preventing hospitalizations and death.

The state's Acting Surgeon General Dr. Denise Johnson expected an increase, saying the more people getting vaccinated, the more potential for breakthrough cases. 

Those who received their shots earliest may be accounting for the new cases. 

Booster shots for the Pfizer vaccine are only available to adults over 65 or people who are immunocompromised. 

The CDC is expected to make a decision on booster shots for Moderna and Johnson & Johnson vaccines later this month.

"While there are more breakthrough cases being recorded, Department of Health numbers show since the start of this year more than 90% of cases, hospitalizations and deaths have been in people who were unvaccinated or not fully vaccinated," added Dr. Husty.

RELATED: How to schedule a COVID-19 vaccine appointment in Pennsylvania

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Notes: D’Andre Swift wins ‘Angry Run’ of the Week 12 October, 2021 - 04:21pm

Bashaud Breeland isn’t going to forget this one.

On Sunday against the Minnesota Vikings, Swift unleashed something we haven’t seen from him very often: aggression.

The 5-foot-9, 211-pound running back isn’t exactly known for his physical nature with the ball in his hands, as he typically wins with his short-area quickness and his explosive speed.

But in the fourth quarter of Sunday’s game, Swift took a Jared Goff pass and scampered downfield for about 15 yards before Vikings cornerback Bashaud Breeland squared up. At that point, Swift lowered his shoulder, took the hit on fully, and just absolutely bowled over the Vikings defender, sending him backwards a good 5 yards.

If you need a reminder as to what it looked like, here’s a replay:

Here’s a look at that D’andre Swift truck stick:#Onepride

The play set up a fourth-quarter field goal that would bring the Lions within one score late—and Swift would be the one who eventually scored that go-ahead touchdown.

NFL Network morning show “Good Morning Football” caught wind of this fantastic play from Swift and featured it on their weekly segment “Angry Runs.” Check it out:

Swift ended up winning the award, which means he’ll be sent a scepter from analyst Kyle Brandt. Hopefully, we’ll see a video of him accepted the award next week.

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