Thursday, February 7, 2013
Impact of Sullivan's surgery
By Tim Kavanagh
Veteran Minnesota Vikings C John Sullivan put forth what may have been his best NFL season yet in 2012, playing every snap for an offensive line that paved the way for Adrian Peterson's wondrous campaign. And it's even more impressive following the news this week that he's undergone surgery on his knee.
Tom Pelissero of 1500 ESPN Radio reports that Sullivan underwent a microfracture procedure at the office of Dr. James Andrews, and that his rehabilitation will last from three to four months. Obviously, this will short-circuit any plans Sullivan may have had to take part in the early portion of offseason practices with the Vikings, but he should be operational by the time training camp rolls around.
Of course, things don't always go well with surgery, though ESPN NFC North blogger Kevin Seifert writes that we'll be able to tell how Sullivan is doing by the team's actions over the next few months:
Kevin SeifertThe impact of Sullivan's knee surgery
"Pelissero reports that Sullivan's injury is not as severe as it could have been, which makes sense considering he did not miss a snap in 2012 on the way to the best season of his career. As always, we'll take our cues on this from the Vikings' offseason action or inaction. If they sign or draft a center, you'll know they are concerned about Sullivan's status. If not, you can assume they think he'll be ready for the start of training camp. "