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The Minnesota Vikings' defensive ends had a number of intriguing side stories in Sunday's 42-10 win over the Lions. A former starter made his return to the starting lineup, a seldom-used backup recorded his first sack and another starter was getting an earful about his speed – or lack thereof – on an interception return.

No position on the Vikings defense was in flux as much as the Vikings saw Sunday at defensive end. Up until Sunday's Detroit matchup, second-year pro Ray Edwards had been starting at right defensive end, with a combination of players – ranging from Erasmus James, Brian Robison and Jayme Mitchell – backing him up. That changed Sunday, when James surpassed Edwards on the depth chart. Edwards was...

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