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John Sullivan | Center | #56

Team: Washington Redskins
Age / DOB:  (31) / 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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Redskins signed C John Sullivan.
Kory Lichtensteiger has a season-ending calf injury, so Sullivan will slide in as the Redskins' immediate starter. Sullivan was one of the most durable players in the league from 2009-14, but missed all of 2015 with a back injury. He remained highly effective in 2014, but is now 31. He couldn't make it to final cuts in Minnesota. The pivot will remain a concern in Washington. Sep 27 - 2:07 PM

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Free agent C John Sullivan is working out for the Redskins.

Kory Lichtensteiger could be headed to injured reserve with a calf injury. Sullivan was cut by the Vikings at this summer's first cutdown. He missed all of 2015 with injury.
Sep 27 - 1:26 PM

Vikings released C John Sullivan.

The Vikings could not find a trade partner, so they cut the cord on Sullivan in favor of Tony Sparano pal Joe Berger. Still only 31 years old, Sullivan was one of the top centers in football in 2014, before missing all of 2015 with back problems. There are a number of teams around the league that could use help on the pivot. After losing Nick Martin, the Texans immediately come to mind.
Aug 30 - 4:04 PM

USA Today's Tom Pelissero reports the Vikings are trying to trade C John Sullivan.

This explains why Sullivan was held out of the Vikings' regular season dress rehearsal. At center, the Vikings are going with Joe Berger, who has history with new OL coach Tony Sparano, and who was excellent as a 16-game starter last year. Sullivan, 31, missed all of 2015 due to multiple back surgeries. If the Vikings can't find a taker, Sullivan will likely be released.
Aug 29 - 5:55 PM

Vikings C John Sullivan slimmed down to 300 pounds this offseason.

Sullivan has played most of his career around 325 pounds, but he wanted to slim down after missing all of last season because of two back surgeries. "I’m not eating at restaurants very much; I’m not drinking at all," Sullivan said. "I’m really focused on being as healthy as possible." Although no restaurants or alcohol sounds like a torturous way to live, the lost weight should help the 30-year-old stay healthy. He is competing with Joe Berger for the starting job.
Jun 4 - 1:07 PM

John Sullivan took the first-team reps a center during Vikings OTAs this week.

Joe Berger, who started every game for an injured Sullivan last season, took the first-team reps last week. The Vikings will likely continue to split snaps between the two until a clear front-runner emerges.
Jun 2 - 10:31 AM

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

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

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