EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn. -- The Minnesota Vikings will be without Sharrif Floyd on Sunday in Detroit, as the defensive tackle will miss his first game of the season with the knee and ankle injuries that kept him out all week.
Floyd was particularly disruptive last week against the Kansas City Chiefs, splitting a sack with Danielle Hunter and spending much of the day in the backfield as the Chiefs mustered just 57 yards on 18 carries. With Floyd out, Tom Johnson figures to start at three-technique tackle, and the Vikings might have to move quickly to get recent addition Kenrick Ellis involved at both defensive tackle spots.
If Floyd has had one major issue in Minnesota, it's been durability; he missed a pair of games last year and had limited duty in several others because of a nagging knee injury. Coach Mike Zimmer said in the offseason that Floyd has to understand "it's a big man's game," and while the third-year tackle looks like a dominant player at times, he hasn't been healthy quite enough to do it on a consistent basis.
Wide receiver Charles Johnson, who missed the Vikings' last two games with a rib injury, is probable to play on Sunday. The Vikings had rookie Stefon Diggs working with Mike Wallace and Jarius Wright in their top three-receiver set on Friday. Johnson got some first-team work on Thursday, but it wouldn't be surprising to see Diggs start over Johnson after catching 13 passes for 216 yards the last two weeks.
Wright is also probable to play with a hand injury. Running back Adrian Peterson, who injured his finger early in last week's win over Kansas City, is probable to play.