The Minnesota Vikings and the Detroit Lions have both released their final injury reports for this Sunday's game, as we are about 48 hours before game time. Let's take a look at what both sides have told us, starting with the visiting team.
If you're scoring at home, that's three starting defensive players and a starting offensive lineman that have been declared out for this Sunday's game. Mike Zimmer says that he feels that Robert Blanton's injury is probably a one-week thing, and Floyd should have probably already sat out a game anyway, rather than trying to go the past couple of weeks and being shut down at halftime.
Vlad Ducasse will likely start in Johnson's spot, though it isn't known if he'll start at left guard or right guard. (I'd guess left, with Joe Berger staying at right guard.) Shamar Stephen will likely start for Floyd, Gerald Hodges for Barr, and Andrew Sendejo for Blanton. Patterson, whose injury just appeared today, was a limited participant in practice. The four players listed as probable were full participants.
And now, on to the home team.
There has been a story going around that Suh's illness could keep him out of Sunday's game. If Suh isn't out there on Sunday, I'll eat my hat, your hat, and one other hat of your choosing. Bush missed the first game between these two teams, and from what I can gather over at Pride of Detroit, they'd rather see Theo Riddick out there anyway.
Ihedigbo did not participate in Friday's practice for the Lions, while Bush, Bynes, Suh, and Whitehead were all limited participants. The rest of the players on Detroit's injury report were full participants in Friday's practice.
And those are your final injury reports for the Detroit Lions and Minnesota Vikings going into this Sunday's game, ladies and gentlemen. It's ugly for the Vikings, to be sure, but hopefully some of the backups can step up with a chance in the spotlight.
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