ALLEN PARK — What can Kenny Golladay do for an encore?
The Detroit Lions just hope he sees the field.
Golladay racked up a career-high 147 yards last week against Buffalo, but suffered a chest injury in the process. He didn’t put in a full practice all week and has been listed as questionable for Sunday’s game against the Minnesota Vikings.
That further compounds the Lions’ issues at receiver, where Golden Tate has been traded, Marvin Jones has been placed on injured reserve and Bruce Ellington has been ruled out for a second straight week because of a hamstring injury. That leaves just TJ Jones, Andy Jones and rookie Brandon Powell as the healthy players at the position.
Detroit also is without starting running back Kerryon Johnson, who has been placed on IR, and backup LeGarrette Blount has been listed as questionable against Minnesota because of a calf injury. Theo Riddick and Zach Zenner are the only healthy players there.
Starting tight end Michael Roberts and Pro Bowl guard T.J. Lang are also gone for the season, leaving Matthew Stafford without at least six starters for his matchup with the defense that has pummeled him the most over the years, including for a team-record 10 sacks in their first meeting.
And Stafford has been dealing with a bad back for three weeks. He hasn’t put in a full day of practice since suffering the injury and has been listed as questionable against Minnesota, although he expects to play.
“I spend all offseason and all season working hard to play in games with these teammates and for this organization,” Stafford said. “So (I) take no games for granted and go out there and play whenever I feel like I can.”
Special teams ace Charles Washington has also been ruled out, while cornerback/return man Jamal Agnew, defensive tackle Snacks Harrison and linebacker Devon Kennard all questionable