LB Chad Greenway is inactive for the Minnesota Vikings with his three broken ribs, but the Lions will be without WR Calvin Johnson and RB Reggie Bush.
Greenway practiced on a limited basis Friday for the first time in weeks but was listed as doubtful. He played in all but the final eight snaps of the season-opening win against the St. Louis Rams, when the second-string defenders were inserted at the end of the blowout win. He played in every snap the following week, but missed 14 snaps in Week 3 as the three broken ribs became too debilitating. He hasn’t played since.
Safety Harrison Smith is active and expected to start after spraining his left ankle in the Vikings’ 42-10 loss to the Green Bay Packers on Oct. 2 and had a walking boot on while using crutches to move around the day after that game. Smith practiced on a limited basis Thursday and Friday and head coach Mike Zimmer remained confident he would play.
For the Lions, Johnson and Bush were both dealing with ankle injuries. Johnson was listed as doubtful and Bush as questionable but neither of them practiced all week.
Also inactive for the Lions are TE Joseph Fauria (ankle), LB Travis Lewis (quadriceps), QB Kellen Moore, DE Larry Webster and T Garrett Reynolds.
For the Vikings, WR Cordarrelle Patterson (ribs), DT Sharrif Floyd (elbow), QB Teddy Bridgewater (ankle) and RB Jerick McKinnon (ankle) are all active after being listed as probable and expected to resume their regular roles, with all but McKinnon starting.
In addition to Greenway, the Vikings made FB Zach Line, LB Brandon Watts, G David Yankey, G Austin Wentworth, TE Kyle Rudolph and DE Scott Crichton inactive.
Johnson, Bush, Greenway out in Vikings-Lions
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