Lions rookie D’Andre Swift dazzles in first career start

DETROIT — D’Andre Swift was so good in his first career start that no one, absolutely no one at all, was asking whether he was ready for the assignment.

But there were plenty of questions about why it took so long.

The Detroit Lions’ rookie running back hammered Washington for 149 yards from scrimmage, scored one touchdown and was instrumental on a late go-ahead drive in the 30-27 win on Sunday against the Football Team at Ford Field.

“When he had opportunities to make plays today, he made some great ones,” quarterback Matthew Stafford said. “Some huge runs there in the second half, a big catch for a touchdown as well. I was really happy with the way he played. I know he had a bunch of fun out there, running around and making plays.”

Swift, taken 35th overall in this year’s draft, has been running around making plays since

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Previewing Washington Football Team’s Week 10 game vs. Detroit Lions

For the second time this season, Washington wide receiver Terry McLaurin gets to face one of his former teammates at Ohio State. This week, it’s Jeff Okudah, the cornerback picked third overall by the Lions right after Washington selected defensive end Chase Young. Okudah has had an uneven start, but he has made progress.

This rough welcome to the NFL isn’t far from how Okudah began his college career. McLaurin remembers the top corners at Ohio State when he was a freshman, Eli Apple and Gareon Conley, giving him a hard time in their first one-on-ones. The wide receiver was a junior by the time Okudah arrived in 2017, and he continued the tradition from the other side of the line.

“My first one-on-one going against Jeff, I threw him on the ground,” McLaurin said, laughing. “It was completely legal, but he got up and was kind of confused, looking

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Lions QB Chase Daniel sticks to routine, admits past week was weirdest of 12-year career

ALLEN PARK — Matthew Stafford still seems on track to start Sunday’s game in Minnesota despite not practicing all week while in isolation on the COVID-19 reserve list.

Stafford landed on the list after coming into close contact with a known infected person on Monday. He’s eligible to be activated on Sunday, so long he continues to return negative results. His wife, Kelly Stafford, said on Instagram that the entire family has remained negative throughout the week.

Still, COVID continues to spread through incubation periods featuring people who test negative multiple times before an eventual positive. It’s 2020, so nothing is a sure thing, but Stafford remains on track to start against the Vikings.

All of this caused veteran backup quarterback Chase Daniel to call this the weirdest week of his 12-year career. Daniel, who has taken the first-team reps in practice all week, spoke with reporters for the first

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This wildlife crossing helps mountain lions cross the 101 in LA

Reconnecting the open space on either side of the freeway is crucial for wildlife. “We know from science what’s going on there, and it’s a little deeper than just that the animals are getting hit by cars,” says Beth Pratt of the National Wildlife Federation, one of several partner organizations working on the project. “They are becoming genetically isolated, because animals cannot move into the small islands of habitat that are created by our freeways.” The situation is most acute for mountain lions, who risk extinction in the area within decades, but other wildlife, from lizards to birds, are also showing a decline in genetic diversity.

Fires fueled by climate change are making the challenges worse, as animals often can’t relocate when their habitat is destroyed, or can’t directly flee the flames. A mountain lion named P-64, who died because of the Woolsey Fire, is one example. “That cat knew

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With Frank Ragnow still banged up, Lions’ Joe Dahl could be headed for first career start at center

ALLEN PARK — Injuries to Halapoulivaati Vaitai and Joe Dahl have forced the Detroit Lions to roll with three different offensive line combinations in the first four games of the season. Now an injury to center Frank Ragnow could force them into a fourth different lineup on Sunday when they travel to Jacksonville for a matchup with the Jaguars.

Ragnow has been excellent since the Lions moved him to center last year. He hasn’t allowed so much as a QB hit this season and is the second-ranked run blocker at the position according to ProFootballFocus. But he tweaked his groin in Detroit’s return from the bye on Wednesday, did not practice on Thursday and did very little during the 15 minutes of practice that were open to reporters on Friday afternoon.

Rookie Logan Stenberg is Ragnow’s listed replacement on the depth chart, but it’s unlikely he would actually play the

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Detroit Lions John Penisini’s big difference between college and NFL: ‘They yell at you’

Like a lot of rookies, Detroit Lions defensive tackle John Penisini didn’t know what to expect when it came to the demanding nature of the NFL.

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But the sixth-round pick from Utah quickly learned that in the NFL every single minute, technical detail matters. And coaches aren’t shy about reminding him of that.

“They focus on everything, even the little things,” Penisini said Thursday. “If like my elbows are out, like I start getting my elbows out and not tucked in. Footwork, hand placement.

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“And It’s like little things that in college if I did get knocked back, crappy hand placement, they would be like, ‘Oh, it’s OK.’ Over here, you do that and oh, they yell

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