Vikings’ John Sullivan out 3-4 months after knee surgery
Although John Sullivan took every offensive snap in his first season with the Minnesota Vikings, he showed signs of knee issues, after being listed on the team’s injury report for the Week 16 game against Chicago Bears. John Sullivan also had rib and ankle injuries during the season but he opted to play through them.
Eventually, the knee injury progressed into a lingering problem and John Sullivan underwent microfracture surgery at the hands of renowned surgeon Dr. James Andrews in Florida. Microfracture surgery creates tiny fractures in the bone, to treat damaged areas of articular cartilage. It is usually the last card in a player’s deck to deal with serious knee issues. However, John Sullivan only had a minor lesion which does not make his injury too serious.
John Sullivan could be out for a big chunk of the Minnesota Vikings’ offseason activities including the mid-June minicamp. However, John Sullivan is expected to be back in time for the Minnesota Vikings’ training camp in late July.
Pro Football Focus ranked John Sullivan as the league’s leading center. John Sullivan also had a huge impact towards setting up sixth-year running back Adrian Peterson’s 2,097-yard season. The report also ranked the tandem of John Sullivan and offensive tackle Phil Loadholdt as the sixth-leading pairing in the NFL. Due to John Sullivan’s contribution, the Minnesota Vikings ranked 10th in the NFL on rushes up the middle and fourth in the league in in rushes behind both of their guards.
John Sullivan posted a worthy performance to be named first alternate in the Pro Bowl, But some have argued that John Sullivan played better than other NFC Centers, such as Green Bay Packers’ Jeff Saturday who earned backup duty at the Pro Bowl. Jeff Saturday was benched in Week 15 after a poor late season performance. John Sullivan earned his first All-Pro nomination, finishing third with seven votes.
The fifth-year veteran John Sullivan has four years remaining on his five-year, $25 million contract extension which he signed in December 2011. John Sullivan is set to earn $3.15 million in base salary next season.