Vikings’ John Sullivan To Play, But For How Long
The Vikings released their final injury report yesterday before boarding a plane to New Orleans to face one of the “nastiest atmospheres” in professional football. I would have posted something yesterday about it, but sometimes real life gets in the way of my football addiction.
According to Vikings.com, there’s a “virtual certainty” that center John Sullivan will play. He’s listed as “probable” and has been limited in practice all week. He should be on the field to start the game, but the question is how long he can last. After missing most of the preseason, his conditioning will be subpar. And the last thing Brett Favre and the Vikings offense needs is a lineman who is a step behind one of the Saints defensive tackles.
In addition to Sullivan, there are some other key contributors that make an appearance on the injury report. We’ll most likely see quarterback Brett Favre listed as “probable” all season, but it’s safe to assume he’ll be suiting up for his NFL record 286th consecutive start tonight. Safety Jamarca Sanford is also listed as probable, but should see plenty of action behind starter Husain Abdullah.
Running back Toby Gerhart and cornerback Cedric Griffin are listed as questionable, and cornerback Chris Cook and defensive tackle Jimmy Kennedy are listed as doubtful. Cook and Kennedy will almost certainly not play, and I cannot see any scenario in which Griffin sees the field tonight either. He’s 7 ½ months removed from tearing his ACL, and the risk of a setback far outweighs the reward.