DT Sharrif Floyd (knee) was limited in Wednesday's practice but is expected to play on Sunday.
WR/KR Cordarrelle Patterson (back) was limited in Wednesday's practice but is expected to play on Sunday.
DT Kevin Williams (knee) did not practice Wednesday because of a badly strained right knee suffered while being cut blocked at San Francisco nearly two weeks ago. Vikings coach Leslie Frazier said Williams is making significant progress and remains hopeful that Williams will play. That seems to be more wishful thinking than reality. If Williams can't play, NT Letroy Guion will shift out to the three-technique while backup NT Fred Evans starts on the nose. The Vikings also will rely on rookie first-round draft pick Sharrif Floyd, who is back after missing the last three preseason games because of a minor knee procedure. The Vikings also will be in their nickel for most of the game because of the Lions' pass-heavy attack. Oftentimes in those situations, backup DE Everson Griffen moves inside and rushes as a tackle.
WLB Desmond Bishop, who missed all of last season in Green Bay because of a torn hamstring, played well in the last three preseason games. He missed the first preseason game because of a groin injury, but finished with a team-high 20 tackles, including four for losses, in the preseason. He enters the season as Marvin Mitchell's backup, but that could change soon.
NT Letroy Guion, the starter at the nose, might have to shift out to the three-technique for this game as Kevin Williams recovers from a knee sprain. Guion is a more natural three-technique and once was the backup to Williams. He also had a career-high two sacks at Detroit a year ago. Guion (finger) was limited in Wednesday's practice but is expected to play on Sunday.
OT Phil Loadholt (knee) was limited in Wednesday's practice but is expected to play on Sunday.
FS Harrison Smith (back) was limited in Wednesday's practice but is expected to play on Sunday.
PR Marcus Sherels also likes Ford Field. A year ago, he followed a wave of blockers 77 yards for the only touchdown of his career. The Vikings also got a kickoff return for a touchdown from Percy Harvin in that 20-13 win.
SLB Chad Greenway is trying to tie former Vikings linebacker and current college scouting director Scott Studwell's team record for consecutive seasons leading the team in tackles. Studwell did it six consecutive years. After missing his rookie season because of a torn ACL, Greenway has gotten better in each of the past seven seasons.