Ziggy Ansah active; Zach Zenner returns
The Detroit Lions will be without several key players at Soldier Field to play the NFC North leading Chicago Bears today. Kickoff is 1 p.m.
Cornerback Darius Slay (knee) will miss first game this season. He didn’t practice all week and his status was announced on Friday.
Right guard T.J. Lang (neck) has suffered from a variety of injuries this season and also missed games in Weeks 2 and 5. The LIons announced on Friday that he wouldn’t play today.
Linebacker Eli Harold (shoulder) was added to the inactive list on Saturday.
Linebacker Jalen Reeves-Maybin (neck) and tight end Luke Willson (shoulder) will not play. They were listed as questionable on Friday.
Defensive end Ezekiel Ansah (shoulder) will play in his second game.
Running back Kerryon Johnson (ankle) was questionable but is a go.
Running back Zach Zenner, who was released in September with a back injury, was re-signed on Tuesday and is active today. Expect to see him on special teams.
Other Lions’ inactives: Wide receiver Bruce Ellington and offensive lineman Andrew Donnal.
The Lions are barely hanging in the NFC North race with a 3-5 record. Today’s game could be a turning point in the season.
Slay active despite limited practice Friday
He’s back. Lions defensive end Ziggy Ansah is active today in Minnesota in a key NFC North game against the Vikings.
Ansah was injured his shoulder in the season opening loss to the Jets and has not played a snap since then, missing six games. He has practiced on a limited basis for several weeks and, once again, was listed on Friday’s injury report at questionable for today.
Running back Theo Riddick, who has missed the last two games with an injured knee, also returns. Look for Riddick, who can line up in the slot, to help fill the gap left after Golden Tate was traded to the Eagles.
Cornerback Darius Slay, who showed up on Friday’s injury report, is active which is huge. The defense will have its hands full with the Vikings offense and it’d be a tougher road without Slay.
Right guard T.J. Lang (hip) who was limited in practice all week will also be active.
Ameer Abdullah, who fumbled on a return last week, is healthy but inactive
Linebacker Jalen Reeves-Maybin (neck/toe) will be inactive.
Other Lions’ inactives: Offensive lineman Joe Dahl, DE Eric Lee, OL Andrew Donnal, LB Kelvin Sheppard and DE Kerry Hyder.
Inactives for the Vikings include wide receiver Stefon Diggs, RB Roc Thomas, safety Anndrew Sendejo, LB Anthony Barr, guard Tom Compton and DE Tayshaun Bower.
The Lions (3-4) could use a win against the Vikings (4-3-1) to stay in the hunt in the NFC North.
Kickoff at 1 p.m. at Ford Field
DETROIT >> Damon “Snacks” Harrison, who was acquired in a trade with the Giants on Wednesday, is active today against the Seattle Seahawks at Ford Field.
The run-stuffing nose tackle practiced with his new team on Thursday and Friday. He said he was working night and day to learn the playbook. Coach Matt Patricia would not say on Friday if Harrison would be familiar enough with the defense to play. Apparently the veteran is a quick learner.
Lions defensive end Ziggy Ansah remains out. Ansah played in 19 snaps in the opening loss to the Jets before he injured his shoulder. He has not played a snap since then. He was limited in practice all week and listed as questionable on Friday’s injury report.
Linebacker Jarrad Davis (calf) is active after he had been listed as questionable. He had limited practice on Thursday and Friday after sitting out on Wednesday.
Wide receiver T.J. Jones is inactive with Brandon Powell possibly seeing his first action.
Running back Theo Riddick (knee) was ruled out on Friday. It will be the second straight game he missed.
Other Lions inactives: Cornerback Lenzy Pipkins, defensive end Kerry Hyder, guard Joe Dahl and offensive lineman Andrew Donnal.
The Lions and Seahawks both enter the game at 3-3. Kickoff is 1 p.m., on FOX.