Detroit Lions running back D'Andre Swift runs the ball during minicamp practice Wednesday, June 9, 2021, at  then Allen Park practice facility in Detroit.

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Lions: D’Andre Swift, Michael Brockers ready for Week 1

Detroit Lions head coach Dan Campbell said Tuesday that running back D’Andre Swift and defensive end Michael Brockers “should be ready to go” for Week 1.

Swift, who missed the entire preseason with a groin injury, had been a question mark for the start of the season as recently as last week. The newly acquired Brockers took most of training camp off for precautionary reasons.

“We got all our guys back,” Campbell told radio station WXYT-FM on Tuesday. “Everybody’s getting healthy at the right time and we got them all going, so hopefully we’ll be clicking.”

Swift, 22, sits atop the Lions’ RB depth chart but is expected to split duties with Jamaal Williams, played the past four seasons with Green Bay. Swift rushed for 521 yards and eight touchdowns as a rookie in 2020. He also caught 46 passes for 357 yards and two scores.

Brockers, 30, enters his first season in Detroit after nine seasons with the St. Louis/Los Angeles Rams. He has 28 career sacks and 62 quarterback hits in 138 games (136 starts). He was traded to the Lions in March and signed a three-year, $24 million contract extension two days later.

The Lions open the season at home against the San Francisco 49ers on Sunday.

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Jan 9, 2021; Seattle, Washington, USA; Los Angeles Rams defensive tackle Michael Brockers (90) in action against the Seattle Seahawks during the fourth quarter at Lumen Field. Mandatory Credit: Joe Nicholson-USA TODAY Sports

Lions agree to extension with DT Michael Brockers

New defensive tackle Michael Brockers and the Lions reached a deal on an three-year, $24 million deal this weekend that will keep him in Detroit for at least the next two seasons.

Brockers was traded to Detroit by the Los Angeles Rams last week for a seventh-round pick in the 2023 draft after refusing to take a pay cut.

Brockers, 30, originally joined the Rams on a three-year, $24 million deal before the 2020 season.

He had a $6.5 million base salary for 2021, but the Lions instead will pay him a minimum base salary this season with a $5.925 million signing bonus.

Brockers is due $7 million ($4 million guaranteed) in 2022 and $10 million in 2023.

The Lions will look for Brockers to fill a void in the defensive line left by the release of Danny Shelton.

Brockers, who was a first-round pick (14th overall) by the St. Louis Rams in 2012, has missed just six games in his career and has started 136 of the 138 games he has appeared in.

Last season, Brockers finished with five sacks, five tackles for loss, 10 QB hits and 51 tackles in 15 games. For his career, he has 28 sacks, 395 tackles and 48 tackles for loss.

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Jan 16, 2021; Green Bay, Wisconsin, USA; Los Angeles Rams defensive tackle Michael Brockers (90) against Green Bay Packers during the NFC Divisional Round at Lambeau Field. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports

Reports: Lions land DT Michael Brockers in trade with Rams

Nov 29, 2020; Inglewood, California, USA; San Francisco 49ers offensive tackle Trent Williams (71) before the game against the Los Angeles Rams  at SoFi Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

The Los Angeles Rams reportedly traded defensive tackle Michael Brockers to the Detroit Lions early Wednesday morning, pending the results of a physical, which could be more than a footnote.

Los Angeles reportedly received a seventh-round pick in the 2023 draft in return.

Brockers agreed to terms with the Baltimore Ravens prior to the 2020 season but failed his physical due to chronic ankle issues.

Instead, Brockers returned to the Rams on a three-year, $24 million deal.

He declined a paycut to stay with the Rams and is owed $8 million in 2021 after starting 15 games in Los Angeles alongside Aaron Donald last season.

This is the second trade this offseason between the Rams and Lions, who are swapping quarterbacks Matthew Stafford and Jared Goff.

Current Lions general manager Brad Holmes was in the scouting department of the Rams in 2012 when general manager Les Snead made Brockers the 14th overall pick.

Brockers, 30, gives the Lions a presence in the middle of the defensive line after Danny Shelton was released.

Of note on Brockers and Goff: the defensive lineman called Stafford “a level up” from Goff in an interview with NFL Network. They’ll now be teammates again in Detroit.

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Dec 18, 2020; Los Angeles, California, USA; Los Angeles Rams defensive end Michael Brockers (90) brings down New York Jets running back Frank Gore (21) after a short gain in the first quarter at SoFi Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Robert Hanashiro-USA TODAY Sports

Rams DE Brockers joins WR Kupp on COVID-19 list

The Los Angeles Rams added another key player to the COVID-19/reserve list Thursday in advance of a key Week 17 home matchup with the Arizona Cardinals.

Defensive end Michael Brockers joined wide receiver Cooper Kupp on the list. While Kupp reportedly tested positive for COVID-19 and will not play Sunday, there is no indication if Brockers tested positive or was in close contact with somebody that did.

Brockers, whose reason for not practicing Wednesday was listed as “not injury related,” still could play Sunday if he was deemed to have a medium-risk close contact. He would not be able to play if he tested positive or had a high-risk contacted with somebody who was infected.

The Rams already will be without quarterback Jared Goff, who underwent surgery this week for a thumb injury that occurred during Sunday’s loss at Seattle. John Wolford, who has never taken a snap in an NFL game, will start against the Cardinals with a playoff spot on the line.

The Rams would advance to the playoffs with a victory over the Cardinals on Sunday or a Chicago Bears loss to the Green Bay Packers. The Cardinals need a victory to advance to the playoffs for the first time since 2015.

The loss of Brockers would be a blow to a Rams defense that leads the NFL with 286.5 yards allowed per game. The unit also is third in points allowed in the NFL at 19.3 per game.

Brockers, who has 51 tackles and five sacks this season, is a team captain along with Kupp.

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