No huge surprises for either team. Vikings' cornerback Chris Cook, who was the only player the Vikings listed as "questionable" on the injury report this week, is active, though it's not known what role he will play in today's game. The Vikings will also welcome back defensive tackle Kevin Williams, who missed the first two games of the 2011 season while sitting out his suspension for the whole StarCaps mess.
For the Lions, rookie Nick Fairley hurt his foot in the pre-season and is not ready to go yet, which is good for Minnesota. Alphonso Smith is also one of Detroit's better defensive backs, but it remains to be seen whether the Minnesota offense will be able to take advantage of his absence.