Center Travis Swanson Placed on IR; Career with Lions May Be Over

Travis Swanson may have played his last game with the Lions, Justin Rogers of the Detroit News reports.

The team placed the starting center on injured reserve Friday morning, following a setback earlier in the week during his recovery from a concussion. This marks the second consecutive year his season has been ended by a brain injury.

A third-round draft pick in 2013, Swanson was used mostly as a blocking tight end as a rookie. In his second season, he moved into the starting lineup, replacing longtime starter Dominic Raiola.

Swanson suffered a concussion last season, reporting symptoms after the conclusion of Detroit’s Week 13 win over New Orleans. The injury ended up sidelining him for the final four regular season games, plus the team’s playoff loss in New Orleans.

To fill his roster spot, the Lions signed wide receiver Jace Billingsley off the practice squad.


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