Guard Dakota Dozier signed a one-year deal with a $45,000 signing bonus last spring to be offensive line insurance for the Vikings.

They’re turning to the policy, Dozier, for a third time in the season’s sixth game on Sunday against the Eagles. Dozier will start at right guard for the injured Josh Kline, who was ruled out with a foot injury. Dozier has started once at left guard and twice at right guard so far this season.

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The Vikings will also be without two linebackers in Ben Gedeon (concussion) and Kentrell Brothers (wrist/hamstring). Recently-promoted rookie Cameron Smith, the fifth-round pick out of USC, is active for the first time of his NFL career.

Expect to see more Eric Wilson in place of Gedeon as the weak-side linebacker in the base defense.

The Eagles will be without six contributors, including a handful of starters in receiver DeSean Jackson and cornerbacks Ronald Darby and Avonte Maddox.

Vikings’ inactives: G Kline (foot), LB Gedeon (concussion), LB Brothers (wrist/hamstring), DT Jalyn Holmes, OT Oli Udoh, G Dru Samia and DT Armon Watts.

Eagles’ inactives: WR DeSean Jackson, RB Corey Clement, CB Ronald Darby, CB Avonte Maddox, DT Tim Jernigan, RB Darren Sproles and G Nate Herbig.

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