Receiver Laquon Treadwell is a healthy scratch for the first time since his 2016 rookie season.
The former first-round pick will not play for the Vikings on Sunday against the Lions. He’s been supplanted on the 46-man game-day roster by receiver Chad Beebe, who is active for the first time since suffering a hamstring injury five weeks ago.
Beebe, an undrafted rookie, is active for his third NFL game. He caught four passes for 39 yards in his previous two outings.
Treadwell’s tenure in Minnesota has hit another low. He has 34 catches for 295 yards and a touchdown this season (all career highs), but coaches are instead opting to play Beebe, who is a slot receiver with an ability to get open quickly for quarterback Kirk Cousins.
Linebacker Eric Kendricks (hamstring) was ruled out on Friday. His 40-start streak comes to an end. Expect linebackers Eric Wilson and Ben Gedeon to play increased roles in the nickel and base defenses, respectively.
Vikings’ inactives: Kendricks, Treadwell, QB Kyle Sloter, RB Mike Boone, CB Craig James, G Danny Isidora and DE Tashawn Bower.
Lions’ inactives: CB Teez Tabor, DE Kerry Hyder, WR Chris Lacy, LB Nicholas Grigsby, C Leo Kolomatangi, OL Andrew Donnal and CB Dee Virgin.