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With Sharrif Floyd out and just three healthy defensive tackles active, the Minnesota Vikings will need to find ways to generate pressure on Detroit Lions quarterback Matthew Stafford. Floyd has been a presence inside this season, stringing together strong back-to-back performances, with his best game coming against the Kansas City Chiefs last week. Veteran Tom Johnson, who finished 2014 with 6.5 sacks in a rotational role, will start in his place.

Floyd’s absence opened the door for Cordarrelle Patterson this week, as the Vikings will enter Sunday’s game with six active wide receivers. Stefon Diggs, who was named the Pepsi Rookie of the Week after a breakout game against the Chiefs in Week 6, will start in Charles Johnson’s place.

Below, a look at the rest of the Vikings’ inactives:

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After making the Saturday night trip to Detroit, Adrian Peterson was downgraded for Sunday’s Week 7 game against the Lions with an undisclosed illness, per the team’s official website and 1500 ESPN’s Andrew Krammer. The running back, who has 432 yards on 101 carries this season, was listed as probable on the team’s final injury report with a finger injury suffered during the Vikings’ Week 6 win over the Chiefs.

This sudden news marks Peterson’s first reported illness since 2012, when he missed the team’s final two practices before a Week 10 matchup with the Detroit Lions. He returned that Sunday, rushing for 171 yards on 27 carries to lead the Vikings to a 34-24 victory. In the fourth quarter alone, Peterson racked up 120 yards and added to what would become just the seventh 2,000-yard season in NFL history.

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Vikings Injury Report
NamePositionInjuryWed.Thur.Fri. Status
Floyd, SharrifDTKnee/ankleDNPDNPDNPOUT
Trattou, JustinDEFootDNPDNPDNPOUT
Asiata, MattRBRibLimitedLimitedFullProbable
Clemmings, T.J.TKneeLimitedLimitedFullProbable
Griffen, EversonDEIllnessDNPFullFullProbable
Johnson, CharlesWRRibFullFullFullProbable
Munnerlyn, CaptainCBThumb_____FullFullProbable
Newman, TerenceCBAnkleLimitedLimitedFullProbable
Peterson, AdrianRB FingerLimitedLimitedFullProbable
Wright, JariusWRHandFullFullFullProbable

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It seems odd that it’s only Week 7 and the Vikings are already facing the Lions for the second and last time of the 2015 season. After beating up on Matthew Stafford and defeating Detroit 26-16 in Minneapolis Week 2, Minnesota will look to shut out its division rivals on the road Sunday.

The Lions are coming off its first win of the 2015 season, having beat Chicago last week, and you can bet they’re feeling some momentum on their end. The Vikings should prepare to face a chippy team in a must-win situation.

Lets take a look at how the Vikings offensively line up against the Lions for their second meeting.

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Thee Arif Hasan makes his weekly pitstop to talk about our Minnesota Fightin’ Vikings (3-2) and how we look to move two games above .500 in this 2015 season.

Topics include: Why Stefon Diggs is the greatest thing since sliced bread, how Harrison Smith is somehow still underrated nationally, how the cornerback room will shake out with Captain Munnerlyn balling and Josh Robinson coming off of PUP, and if Vikings fans should fear Matthew Stafford getting back to just throwing up YOLO balls to Megatron as the crux of their offense.

All that and other “The Twin Cities hottest club is SPY-SEE. This place has everything.” nonsense on this edition of the Purple FTW! Podcast!

An Andy Carlson Joint.

Read all of Arif’s stuff at The Daily Norseman and Vikings Journal as well as listening to his podcast Norse Code.