It’s injury report day across the National Football League, ladies and gentlemen, and we need to take a look at the final injury reports for the Minnesota Vikings and the Detroit Lions leading up to this Sunday’s contest at U.S. Bank Stadium. As always, we will start with the visiting team.
Detroit Lions injury report vs Minnesota Vikings
Darius Slay, as you can see, was a late addition to the injury report for the Lions, and his absence could be a pretty significant one. He’s easily the Lions’ best cornerback, and with the Vikings potentially being at a disadvantage at that position. . .more on that shortly. . .it certainly helps the Vikings that he’s either going to be hobbled a bit or out completely.
Ezekiel Ansah is listed as “questionable” for what I believe is the 237th consecutive time. Seriously, I don’t know if that guy has been healthy since his rookie season.
And now, on to the home team.
Minnesota Vikings injury report vs Detroit Lions
The big one on the injury report this week, aside from the three players that are listed as “Out,” is wide receiver Stefon Diggs. Diggs didn’t practice all week with a rib injury that he suffered in last Sunday’s loss against New Orleans. He didn’t practice all week, and it’s been pointed out on the Twitters that, in the Mike Zimmer era, there has only been one player that has missed all three practices of a three-practice week and then played on Sunday. That was tight end Kyle Rudolph, who didn’t practice all week and was listed as “Doubtful” for last season’s game against the Cincinnati Bengals and then went on to play anyway. So, it’s not looking terribly good for Diggs at this point.
Outside of that, it sounds like Riley Reiff and Xavier Rhodes are on track to come back on Sunday, which is nice. If Reiff does come back at left tackle, it will be interesting to see if the Vikings stick with Brian O’Neill at right tackle or if they put Rashod Hill back at that spot and send O’Neill back to the bench.
Those are the injury reports for this weekend’s game, ladies and gentlemen. If there are any further developments, we’ll make sure you’re informed of them right away.