Sunday, September 23, 2012
Sunday morning roster maneuvering
By Kevin Seifert
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.
- The Chicago Bears will face St. Louis Rams running back Steven Jackson, who didn't practice this week because of a groin injury but apparently will give it a go.