Last weekend, former Georgia star running back D’Andre Swift made his first start for the Detroit Lions.
That meant veteran running back Adrian Peterson would be relegated to a backup role. So, how did Peterson take the news?
Well, according to his comments to ESPN, the former NFL MVP thinks the move should have happened a long time ago.
“It made sense to me,” said Peterson when he heard Swift was getting the start. “Actually, when I was told, I was like, ‘You guys should have did this two, three weeks ago, you know. So I’m here to try to win, that’s my main objective. Of course I want to play, I’m a competitor.”
Adrian Peterson said when he was told that he lost his starting job to D'Andre Swift, his reaction was, (paraphrased) "You should've done this 2-3 weeks ago."
— Pride of Detroit (@PrideOfDetroit) November 20, 2020
Unfortunately for Swift, he won’t get the chance to start his second-consecutive game this weekend. He suffered a concussion, which means he won’t be able to suit up with the team.
Peterson was surprised to learn about Swift’s concussion, but made it clear he and the rest of the backs will help carry the load in Swift’s absence.
“So I heard the news [about the concussion], the first thing was, ‘What’s going on?’ It was my concern for his health,” Peterson said. “It kind of threw me off. But after that, just, OK, the young guy’s down. As a running back room, we have to step up and handle our job.”
Detroit faces off against the Carolina Panthers on Sunday afternoon.