No surprises among Detroit Lions inactives; Minnesota Vikings without 2 starting LBs

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Running the football just got easier for Jamaal Williams and the Detroit Lions.

Williams, who is expected to start at running back today in place of the injured D'Andre Swift, will face a Minnesota Vikings defense that will be without its two best linebackers.

The Vikings (5-6) deactivated starters Eric Kendricks and Anthony Barr today because of injuries.

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The Lions (0-10-1) will play without Swift, their leading rusher and second-leading receiver, for the first time this season. Swift aggravated a shoulder injury in last week's loss to the Chicago Bears.

He is expected to return next week.

The Lions ruled out Swift, linebacker Jalen Reeves-Maybin and cornerback Bobby Price on Friday with shoulder injuries. Defensive tackle John Penisini, who was added to the injury report with an illness Saturday, also is inactive, as are sixth lineman Matt Nelson (ankle), third quarterback David Blough and receiver Trinity Benson.

The Vikings also will be starters running back Dalvin Cook, tackle Christian Darrisaw and safety Camryn Bynum.

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Lions players wore T-shirts during Sunday's early pregame warmups honoring the community of Oxford and victims of this week's school shooting. The Lions posted a picture of safety Jalen Elliott on social media wearing a No. 42 Lions jersey with the last name "Myre" on the back — Oxford football player Tate Myre, who wore No. 42, was one of the shooting victims.

And players will wear an "O" decal on their today.

Contact Dave Birkett at dbirkett@freepress.com. Follow him on Twitter @davebirkett.

This article originally appeared on Detroit Free Press: Detroit Lions, Jamaal Williams face short-handed Vikings

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