Skip to main content

Veteran John Sullivan highlights list of cuts as Vikings trim roster

  • Author:
  • Updated:

The other big news out of Vikings practice Tuesday was the release of one of the team's most popular offensive lineman.

The Vikings announced the release of center John Sullivan. It highlighted a series of roster moves on Tuesday as the team had to trim its roster to 75.

Sullivan missed last season after undergoing multiple surgeries on his back. He lost the battle for the team's starting center job to Joe Berger, who played well while replacing Sullivan last season.

General Manager Rick Spielman said the entire organization appreciates what Sullivan has done for the franchise.

"Sullivan led our team, not only with how he played the game, but also with how he handled himself in our community. We wish John Sullivan and his family nothing but the best as they move forward."

The Vikings drafted Sullivan in the sixth round of the 2008 NFL Draft. He ranks fourth all-time among centers in franchise history with 93 regular-season starts. Before the back injuries last season, Sullivan had missed just three games from 2009-2014.

Reports began circulating Monday night the Vikings were looking to trade Sullivan, but no deal was made.

Among the other cuts the team announced Tuesday are former Gopher Theiren Cockran and former Hopkins standout Terrell Sinkfield.

The others: 

  • Sean Hickey – OL
  • Brian Leonhardt – TE
  • Claudell Louis – DT
  • Marken Michel – WR
  • Terrance Plummer – LB
  • Austin Shepherd – OL
  • Brad Sorensen – QB

Next Up

Dean Evason

Tempers flare as Wild hammer Canadiens

Montreal was anything but polite after the Wild picked up an 8-2 victory.

Blaine VFW video screengrab crop N West Twitter

Authorities now looking into MN lawmaker's report of assault

Video shows Rep. Nolan West being grabbed and pushed out of a public event.

TajPharmaImages WIkimedia Commons ivermectin

COVID treatments: Essentia Health to help test 3 existing meds

The clinical trial includes the much-discussed drug ivermectin.

Screen Shot 2022-01-24 at 3.48.57 PM

Suspect crashes into Minneapolis snow plow, fires shots at plow driver

The plow driver was pulled to the side of the road when the incident happened.

cold Minneapolis

Coldest day of the winter is possible this week in Minnesota

An air temp of -30F isn't out of the question too far from the metro.

polley freeborn county jail roster jan 2022 resize

District fires school counselor accused of sexually assaulting student

He's been charged with felony criminal sexual conduct.

Moorhead family

Authorities pinpoint source of CO that killed family of 7

The victims, all members of Hernandez-Pinto family, were found dead in a Moorhead home.

polymet mining

Court issues mixed ruling on PolyMet, orders more analysis on water permit

The court, however, overruled several challenges to the permit.

SPPD Kua person of interest 01-24-2022

Police release images of woman driving stolen Audi that had puppy inside

It's not clear whether she was involved in the vehicle theft.

J R Jones - Anoka County Jail 2021.10.16 - Resize crop

Fatal hit-and-run driver can avoid prison time with plea deal

He was charged with striking and killing a 56-year-old who was walking her dog.

Screen Shot 2022-01-24 at 11.21.49 AM

Alex Rodriguez: 'I'm not a Packers fan'

He was at Lambeau screaming "Cheese!" and "Let's go!" during the playoff game against the 49ers.