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:
Today's #VikingsGameday inactives.
S. Diggs will start for C. Johnson
T. Johnson will start for S. Floyd pic.twitter.com/Faf3NYHtFY
— Minnesota Vikings (@Vikings) October 25, 2015