Lions to start S Ricardo Silva

GREEN BAY, Wis. -- Soon I'll be headed to Lambeau Field to position myself in front of the television in time for the start of Sunday's NFC North battle between the Detroit Lions and Minnesota Vikings. Until then, be advised there was one surprise in the Sunday morning roster maneuvering.

The Lions will start safety Ricardo Silva one day after promoting him from the practice squad. He'll replace Amari Spievey, who apparently had earned his starting job back but is inactive Sunday because of a groin injury. The Lions' other question of Sunday morning, running back Mikel Leshoure, is active and will start.

The Vikings, meanwhile, made room on their game-day roster for receiver Jerome Simpson by deactivating receiver Stephen Burton, who had appeared in the Vikings' first three games. Jamarca Sanford will start for injured safety Mistral Raymond, as expected.