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John Sullivan | Center

Team: Minnesota Vikings
Age / DOB:  (28) / 8/8/1985
Ht / Wt:  6'4' / 301
College: Notre Dame
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Vikings C John Sullivan (concussion) has been fully cleared for Week 12.
He passed all of his concussion tests and will start against the Packers. Fri, Nov 22, 2013 01:50:00 PM

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Vikings C John Sullivan suffered a concussion in Sunday's Week 11 loss to the Seahawks.

His status is uncertain for Week 12 against Green Bay, but the Vikings really need him against B.J. Raji & Co. Sullivan has graded out as a top-11 center in Pro Football Focus' 2013 ratings. He finished last season No. 1 overall.
Mon, Nov 18, 2013 03:02:00 PM

Vikings C John Sullivan (microfracture surgery) is full go for training camp.

"(I'm) out on the field, I'm practicing, I'm playing at a hundred percent and I feel great," Sullivan said Tuesday. Microfracture is serious business, but Sullivan is confident his knee won't be an issue. "Everybody associates (microfracture) with a lot of horror stories," Sullivan said. "The thinking is a little bit outdated. It's still obviously a serious surgery, but that stuff progresses fast." Sullivan graded out at Pro Football Focus' No. 1 center last season, playing an integral role in Adrian Peterson's monumental campaign.
Source: USA Today
Tue, Jul 30, 2013 03:00:00 PM

Vikings C John Sullivan (microfracture surgery) is on track to be ready for the start of training camp.

"[Sullivan] is on target to start when we start, so hopefully, that'll still be the case," coach Leslie Frazier said after the team wrapped up its final minicamp practice Thursday. The former Golden Domer had knee surgery shortly after the season ended. Sullivan graded out as Pro Football Focus' No. 1 center in 2012.
Thu, Jun 20, 2013 04:02:00 PM

Vikings center John Sullivan (microfracture surgery) continues to progress from offseason surgery.

Coach Leslie Frazier says his standout center is on track in his recovery, but added the team "still has to see a little more progress." Frazier intimated that everything is fine physically, but he'd like to see Sullivan "continue to gain confidence and not be worried about the surgery." It sounds like Sullivan's biggest challenge will be with the mental aspect of coming off an injury. He's expected to be medically cleared for the start of camp.
Wed, Jun 12, 2013 05:20:00 PM

Vikings C John Sullivan (microfracture surgery) expects to be ready for training camp.

Sullivan says his rehab has "progressed smoothly," and he's confident his play will not drop off after being one of the league's top centers in 2012. Sullivan was a big part of the reason why Adrian Peterson came within eight yards of the single-season rushing record. Microfracture operations — even supposedly minor ones like Sullivan's — are extremely tricky to recover from, so Sullivan shouldn't be considered out of the woods until he's back on the field in preseason action.
Fri, May 31, 2013 11:54:00 AM

Vikings C John Sullivan underwent microfracture surgery on his left knee last week.

According to beat writer Tom Pelissero, Sullivan's surgery was "relatively minor" compared to normal microfractures, and there's "no doubts" he'll be ready for the regular season. Sullivan is tentatively expected to require 3-4 months of rehab. Players are often never the same after microfracture surgery, while setbacks are common. It doesn't appear the concern level is very high with Sullivan, however. Entering season three of a six-year, $25.6 million contract, Sullivan was Pro Football Focus' top rated center in 2012. He was a beast of a run blocker as Adrian Peterson came within yards of the single-season record.
Wed, Feb 6, 2013 02:00:00 PM

Vikings signed C John Sullivan to a five-year, $25 million contract extension.

ESPN 1500 Twin Cities' Tom Pelissero reports the deal includes $10 million guaranteed. It's an impressive haul for a player who mostly struggled during his first three years in the league before turning the corner this season. Sullivan has graded out as Pro Football Focus' second best center through the season's first 14 weeks.
Sat, Dec 17, 2011 03:15:00 PM

The Vikings have reportedly approached neither C John Sullivan nor OLB Erin Henderson about a contract extension.

Both can hit free agency in 2012. Pushed around in his first two seasons as a starter, Sullivan has surprisingly graded out as Pro Football Focus' third-best center this year. Henderson has excelled in run defense as a first-year starter. Still in their mid-twenties, both players would seem to be candidates for long-term deals.
Fri, Nov 25, 2011 06:51:00 AM

Vikings C John Sullivan left Sunday's game with a concussion and did not return.

He will undergo NFL-mandated testing to determine his status for Week 7, and backup Joe Berger has replaced him tonight. RT Phil Loadholt (knee) has also left the game and is questionable to return. Pat Brown has replaced Loadholt, as the Vikings' line is crumbling amidst a 33-10 route midway through the third quarter.
Sun, Oct 16, 2011 10:38:00 PM

Vikings C John Sullivan is expected to face competition for his starting job in training camp.

The Vikes see something in Sullivan, but he's shown a severe lack of power at center. Sullivan has graded out as one of the least effective starters in the league in each of the past two seasons, according to Pro Football Focus.
Fri, Apr 22, 2011 12:31:00 PM

Vikings C John Sullivan doesn't think the aggravation of his calf injury is as serious as when he first suffered the malady.

Sullivan aggravated the injury on the Vikings' first offensive series and sat out the remainder of the game. The initial injury cost him two games, but it remains to be seen if he'll be able to play in Week 11. Jon Cooper will play if Sullivan isn't ready and isn't a noticeable downgrade.
Mon, Nov 15, 2010 12:12:00 PM

Vikings C John Sullivan left Sunday's game against the Bears in the first quarter with an apparent leg injury.

Sullivan has been dealing with calf issues all season. Jon Cooper is coming in.
Sun, Nov 14, 2010 01:20:00 PM

Vikings coach Brad Childress said Vikings C John Sullivan (calf) will likely return to the starting lineup Sunday after missing the last two games.

Chilly did add that Jon Cooper, who started the last two games, could play a series or two depending on Sullivan's stamina. Sullivan isn't much of an upgrade over his backup.
Sat, Oct 23, 2010 01:51:00 PM

Vikings C John Sullivan (calf) was unable to practice Monday.

It's not the same calf that he had problems with during the preseason, but his status for Week 5 is seriously in question. It wouldn't be much of a loss to not have him, as Sullivan often gets bullied by opposing defensive tackles. Ryan Cook would play if Sullivan is unavailable.
Mon, Oct 4, 2010 01:29:00 PM

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