The Minnesota Vikings are coming to Detroit with a mission. They’re currently holding onto the six-seed in the NFC playoff race, but with a Week 17 matchup with the Chicago Bears looming, they need a win badly this week.
However, their road to a victory may be a little tougher than originally thought. Despite missing both Wednesday’s and Thursday’s practices, Detroit Lions defensive tackle Damon Harrison Sr. is expected to play on Sunday, according to the Detroit Free Press.
Harrison has been the key piece to the Lions’ defense over the past month since Detroit traded a fifth-round pick to the Giants to acquire him. Just look at the splits before and after Harrison joined the team.
Without Harrison (Weeks 1-7): 836 rushing yards allowed (26th), 5.32 YPC (t-last)
With Harrison (Weeks 8-15): 779 rushing yards allowed (12th), 3.8 YPC (sixth)
With the Vikings current newfound commitment to the ground game after firing offensive coordinator John DeFilippo two weeks ago, Harrison figures to be a key player in Sunday’s game. The last time the two teams met, the Vikings rushed for 128 yards and 5.6 per carry, however 70 of that came on one run. Harrison led the Lions in tackles that day with seven, including one for loss.
Five other Lions players remain questionable for Sunday’s game: Jamal Agnew (knee), LeGarrette Blount (calf), Kenny Golladay (chest), Devon Kennard (hip) and Matthew Stafford (back). Stafford is expected to play, as well.