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Minnesota Vikings linebacker Eric Kendricks (biceps) ruled out for Sunday

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Nov 14, 2021; Inglewood, California, USA;  Minnesota Vikings middle linebacker Eric Kendricks (54) celebrates after he intercepted a pass in the first half against the Los Angeles Chargers at SoFi Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jayne Kamin-Oncea-USA TODAY Sports
Nov 14, 2021; Inglewood, California, USA; Minnesota Vikings middle linebacker Eric Kendricks (54) celebrates after he intercepted a pass in the first half against the Los Angeles Chargers at SoFi Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jayne Kamin-Oncea-USA TODAY Sports

Minnesota Vikings linebacker and top tackler Eric Kendricks will not play Sunday at Detroit due to a biceps injury.

Kendricks was downgraded to out for the NFC North contest between the Vikings (5-6) and Lions (0-10-1).

Also Saturday, Minnesota downgraded rookie running back Kene Nwangwu (illness) to questionable, activated defensive tackle Michael Pierce from injured reserve and waived defensive end Eddie Yarbrough.

The Vikings also elevated running back Jake Bargas and defensive back Myles Dorn from the practice squad and activated defensive lineman Kenny Willekes as a COVID-19 replacement.

Kendricks, 29, has started every game this season and registered a team-high 109 tackles with four sacks and two interceptions.

Nwangwu, 23, was a fourth-round pick in the 2021 draft and has 16 rushing yards in five games. He has returned two of his eight kickoffs for touchdowns, including a 99-yarder last Sunday at San Francisco.

Pierce, 29, has not played since Oct. 3 due to an elbow injury. He has nine tackles and two sacks in four starts this season.

The team also announced that defensive backs coach Karl Scott will miss Sunday’s game due to COVID-19 protocols. Assistant defensive backs/safeties coach Roy Anderson will take over Scott’s game-day responsibilities.

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–Field Level Media