The concussion Josh Wilson suffered at some point last week will prevent him from playing Sunday’s game against the Minnesota Vikings (1 p.m., FOX).
With Wilson, the Lions’ top nickel cornerback, sitting out, rookie Quandre Diggs will likely handle the majority of the snaps in the slot.
The Vikings typically use Jarius Wright in the slot, but rookie Stefon Diggs will see some snaps there too. The two Diggs are unrelated, but the Lions’ Diggs joked that he’s referred to the others Diggs as his cousin after his impressive performances the past two weeks (13 catches for 216 yards combined).
Meanwhile, any hope the Lions had that star Minnesota running back Adrian Peterson wouldn’t play was eliminated before the game. Despite being added to the injury report Saturday as questionable, Peterson (illness) will play.
Wilson was the only key player whose status was in doubt for the game. Defensive tackle Haloti Ngata, tight end Eric Ebron, strong safety James Ihedigbo and running back James Ihedigbo will all make their return Sunday after missing recent games.
Tight end Brandon Pettigrew (knee/elbow) and linebacker DeAndre Levy had already been ruled out Friday. Defensive tackles Gabe Wright and Khyri Thornton, offensive lineman Michael Ola, offensive tackle Corey Robinson are also inactive.
Wright, a fourth-round pick this year, is the odd man out in the defensive tackle rotation with Ngata back in the lineup. Ngata and Caraun Reid will start with Andre Fluellen and Jermelle Cudjo as the backups.
The Lions claimed Thornton off waivers Friday, so it’ll take him some time to learn the defensive system.
Rookie Laken Tomlinson will start at left guard again instead of Manny Ramirez as the Lions use the same starting offensive line for the second straight week.
For the Vikings, defensive tackle Sharrif Floyd, cornerback Jabari Price, quarterback Taylor Heinicke, center Nick Easton, offensive tackle Jeremiah Sirles, tight end Chase Ford and defensive end Justin Trattou are inactive.