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Avril won't play for Detroit

MINNEAPOLIS -- Detroit linebacker Larry Foote and Minnesota receiver Bernard Berrian are both active and will play Sunday at the Metrodome, but the Lions offered one surprise among their list of eight deactivated players.

Defensive end Cliff Avril, arguably the Lions’ best pass rusher, will not play. Avril has only 2.5 sacks this season, but it’s still a surprise that he’s, in essence, a healthy scratch. We’ll keep you updated if there is more to the story.

One minor change for Minnesota: Receiver/punt returner Darius Reynaud is active for the first time in five games. As a result, receiver Jaymar Johnson is inactive.