It’s yet another wrinkle for a ground game that has found little room to run in 2016, even before the loss of reigning rushing champ Adrian Peterson.
Some other notes from Sunday’s snap counts:
— Rookie receiver Laquon Treadwell was on the field for a career-high 17 plays. He made his first catch, a 15-yard strike on third down in the first quarter on his only target of the game.
— That isn’t a typo. Defensive tackle Linval Joseph was deployed twice as a fullback, both of which resulted in scoring plays from the 1-yard line. At 329 pounds, Joseph made for an effective decoy, first on a quick pass to tight end Kyle Rudolph and again on a run by tight end Rhett Ellison.
— Cornerback Captain Munnerlyn is considered day-to-day with a sprained ankle after playing just six snaps.
— Cornerback Trae Waynes was in for more than 50 percent of their defensive plays for the first time since Xavier Rhodes returned from injury.
— Fellow corner Mackensie Alexander was on the field for just 18 plays, taking two penalties and allowing a touchdown to Lions receiver Anquan Boldin.
— Chad Greenway was on the field for a season-high 50 snaps, up from a low of just two in Week 4. He responded with his first interception of the season.
— Linebacker Audie Cole started in place of Eric Kendricks, who remains sidelined with a concussion.
Here’s the complete breakdown of offensive and defensive snaps for the Vikings vs. the Lions: