Lions' Calvin Johnson, Reggie Bush out vs. Vikings

Josh Katzenstein
The Detroit News
Calvin Johnson, who was ruled out for the game, and Matthew Stafford hit the field for warmups Sunday.

Minneapolis — As expected, Calvin Johnson and Reggie Bush will not play for the Lions Sunday in their NFC North matchup against the Vikings at TCF Bank Stadium.

Johnson, the NFL's preeminent receiver, has been nursing a high-ankle sprain he first suffered in Week 3 that limited him the past two games. Bush is also dealing with an ankle injury, and neither practiced this past week.

This is just the seventh game Johnson has missed of his career, and the Lions are 2-4 with him inactive.

With Johnson sidelined, Corey Fuller will make his first career start, but the Lions will likely lean even more on Golden Tate, their top free-agent signing this offseason who entered this week fifth in the NFL with 451 yards.

Joique Bell will start for Bush after missing last week's game with a concussion. Bell has struggled to start the season averaging just 3.2 yards per carry, but he'll try to find holes against a Minnesota defense that gave up 105 yards on just 13 carries to Packers running back Eddie Lacy last week.

Tight end Joseph Fauria, linebacker Travis Lewis, quarterback Kellen Moore, defensive end Larry Webster and offensive lineman Garrett Reynolds are also inactive for the Lions. Cornerback Cassius Vaughn is active for the first time since Week 2 after suffering an ankle injury in practice before Week 3.

For the Vikings, safety Harrison Smith is active despite an ankle injury, but starting outside linebacker Chad Greenway is out. Also inactive for Minnesota are linebacker Brandon Watt, guards David Yankey and Austin Wentworth, tight end Kyle Rudolph, defensive end Scott Crichton and fullback Zach Line, an Oxford native.

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