Lions place Swanson on IR, sign Billingsley
Allen Park — Travis Swanson may have played his last game with the Detroit Lions.
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.
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Similarly, Swanson reported a concussion this year after symptoms manifested after the team’s victory in Tampa Bay earlier this month. He was a full participant in practice on Wednesday, before he was sidelined again, indicating a setback.
With Swanson out, Graham Glasgow will continue to start at center, while Joe Dahl will remain in the starting lineup at left guard.
Swanson is scheduled to be an unrestricted free agent at the end of this season. To fill his roster spot, the Lions signed wide receiver Jace Billingsley off the practice squad.
An undrafted free agent signing last year, this will be Billingsley’s fourth stint on the active roster. He’s appeared in two games and is still looking for his first NFL reception.