Minneapolis — For the second straight game, the Lions will be without star linebacker DeAndre Levy, but they will have their full complement of offensive linemen for the first time this season.
However, despite offensive tackle LaAdrian Waddle being active, the Lions say Cornelius Lucas will continue to start at right tackle. Lucas will play next to right guard Larry Warford, who missed Week 1 with an ankle injury.
The Lions signed Levy to a four-year, $33.7 million extension in August, but he’ll miss Sunday’s game against the Minnesota Vikings as he continues to deal with a hip injury.
Defensive tackle Caraun Reid (ankle) and tight end Brandon Pettigrew (hamstring) are the other injured Lions players who will sit in the 1 p.m. game at TCF Bank Stadium. Defensive end Devin Taylor, offensive tackle Corey Robinson, center/guard Taylor Boggs and wide receiver TJ Jones are inactive.
Taylor being inactive is a bit surprising after he had a solid performance this summer, but he’s clearly behind other defensive ends in the rotation. Ezekiel Ansah and Jason Jones are the starters, and Darryl Tapp and Phillip Hunt are the top backups at the position.
With Pettigrew out, the Lions are listing fullback Michael Burton as a starter instead of having two tight ends. Tim Wright will be active and is the backup to tight end Eric Ebron. Josh Bynes will start in place of Levy at weak-side linebacker.
For the Vikings, wide receiver Stefon Diggs, tight end Chase Ford, defensive end Danielle Hunter, offensive tackle Jeremiah Sirles, linebacker Edmond Robinson and quarterback Taylor Heinicke won't play. They have just 52 players on the roster and just six inactives.