Last week, Vikings draft picks Stefon Diggs and Edmond Robinson were healthy scratches against the San Francisco 49ers. Today, another rookie joins them as Mike Zimmer makes changes along the defensive line.
Daniele Hunter, the third-round selection out of LSU, played 20 snaps in the team’s Week 1 loss but will sit today’s matchup with the Lions in favor of veteran defensive end Justin Trattou. The two flip-flop positions, as Trattou was inactive last week but returns to fill in as a rotational end behind Everson Griffen and Brian Robison.
In total, six Vikings are inactive, per the team’s official website:
Other than Hunter, the inactive list remains unchanged. Heinicke is the team’s third-string quarterback and may not see the field all season. Unlike Heinicke, Diggs has a chance to contribute on special teams, where he flashed his playmaking ability during the preseason. Barring injuries or a dip in performance from Marcus Sherels though, Diggs will continue to watch games from the sideline.
Robinson and Sirles are relatively new to this roster — Robinson is a seventh-round draft pick and Sirles the product of a trade with the San Diego Chargers — making their inclusion on this list no surprise. The same can be said for Chase Ford, who sits behind Kyle Rudolph, Rhett Ellison, and MyCole Pruitt on the depth chart at tight end.
Check back soon for more coverage from the Vikings’ Week 2 matchup with the Detroit Lions.