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John Sullivan | Center | #65

Team: Minnesota Vikings
Age / DOB:  (30) / 8/8/1985
Ht / Wt:  6'4' / 310
College: Notre Dame
Drafted: 2008 / Rd. 6 (187) / MIN
Contract: view contract details

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Vikings C John Sullivan (back surgeries) has had "no limitations" in voluntary practice.
Sullivan still hasn't been officially cleared for OTAs, but he's on the right track. Sullivan has been the Vikings' center since 2009, but missed all of last season. He will be the starter if his health cooperates. Apr 26 - 2:15 PM

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ESPN Vikings reporter Ben Goessling expects C John Sullivan (back) to regain his starting job if healthy.

31-year-old Sullivan missed all of 2015 recovering from twin back surgeries. There were offseason rumors over his health status, but he expects to be ready for the start of the season. With Joe Berger coming off a solid year, Minnesota can shed Sullivan's $5.5 million salary if he has any setbacks.
Mar 18 - 7:14 PM

Vikings coach Mike Zimmer suggested C John Sullivan (back) isn’t a lock to regain his starting job.

Sullivan missed all of 2015 with two back surgeries and is entering his age-31 season. He was one of the top centers in the league before going down, but could be expendable after Joe Berger graded as the Vikings’ best offensive lineman last year. Minnesota could save $5.2 million from releasing Sullivan.
Feb 20 - 3:27 PM

Vikings C John Sullivan (back) plans to return in 2016.

Sullivan is five months removed from his latest surgery, after undergoing two separate back operations. Although Joe Berger enjoyed a solid year on the pivot in Sullivan's absence, Sullivan's starting job security isn't in doubt. Sullivan's return should provide a lift to an offensive line that allowed pressure on nearly 50 percent of Teddy Bridgewater's 2015 dropbacks.
Feb 19 - 5:35 PM

Vikings C John Sullivan (back, I.R./return) recently had a setback, and isn't expected to return this season.

Sullivan had to undergo another operation following a weight room mishap. Joe Berger, who has held up well in Sullivan's absence, will continue to fill in.
Mon, Oct 26, 2015 03:06:00 PM

Vikings placed C John Sullivan (back) on injured reserve/designated to return.

Sullivan underwent a lumbar microdiscectomy on Wednesday after missing the last three weeks of practices with back spasms. Sullivan is eligible to return Week 10. Joe Berger will start at center with Sullivan sidelined. Sullivan's loss is enormous, particularly when coupled with RT Phil Loadholt's year-ending Achilles' tear. From left to right, the Vikings' Week 1 line projects as LT Matt Kalil, LG Brandon Fusco, C Berger, RG Mike Harris, and RT T.J. Clemmings. It's gone from a likely strength to a near-certain weakness. Sullivan is one of the best centers in football.
Thu, Sep 10, 2015 11:14:00 AM

Vikings C John Sullivan (back) was absent from Tuesday's practice.

He's still dealing with back spasms and may not be ready for Monday night's season opener at San Francisco. Eleven-year veteran Joe Berger is next up on the center depth chart.
Tue, Sep 8, 2015 01:30:00 PM

Vikings C John Sullivan (back) did not practice again on Monday.

Sullivan has been sidelined three weeks with back spasms. The Vikings have said the injury is not serious, but he looks to be in serious doubt for Week 1. Joe Berger would start if Sullivan cannot play.
Mon, Sep 7, 2015 01:13:00 PM

Vikings C John Sullivan has been sidelined the last two weeks with back spasms.

The injury was not thought to be serious, but he now appears in danger of missing the regular season opener. He will definitely miss the fifth preseason game. Joe Berger has started the last two games in Sullivan's place.
Tue, Sep 1, 2015 01:40:00 PM

Vikings signed C John Sullivan to a one-year extension through 2017.

Sullivan was set to make $4.65 million in both 2015 and 2016 before his contract expired. Now he'll get base salaries of $7 million in 2015, $5.5 million in 2016 and $5.5 million in 2017. It's a well-deserved raise for the 29-year-old Sullivan, who has been one of the game's top centers since turning his career around in 2011.
Tue, Apr 7, 2015 08:42:00 AM

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

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

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LT1Matt Kalil
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LG1Alex Boone
2Jeremiah Sirles
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