MINNEAPOLIS -- Greetings from the Metrodome, where we are a little more than an hour away from the Minnesota Vikings' matchup with the San Francisco 49ers. While we have a moment, let's catch up on who is playing and who isn't in the three early NFC North games Sunday:
The Vikings had already ruled out linebacker Erin Henderson (concussion), who will be replaced by veteran Marvin Mitchell. They also deactivated receiver Jarius Wright, who appeared to have recovered from a sprained ankle that sidelined him for the first two games of the season. I'm guessing that was a special teams-related decision. Wright probably wouldn't have provided an immediate impact there, even if the Vikings could use him on offense.
The Detroit Lions will have cornerback Jacob Lacey, who turned up on the injury report Friday because of a toe injury. Tight end Tony Scheffler is inactive, as is safety Louis Delmas and defensive end Lawrence Jackson. The Jackson deactivation was a bit of a surprise. He wasn't listed on the injury report this week. The Lions also announced running back Mikel Leshoure will start in his NFL regular-season debut.