Vikings get good news as center John Sullivan will start

The Minnesota Vikings have received some good news as John Sullivan is expected to start for them at center Thursday night in New Orleans.

Sullivan was held out of nearly all of training camp with a serious calf muscle injury, and did not make an appearance in the preseason. But the team listed him as probable for the game, meaning he’s going to line up against the Super Bowl champions.

As the Minneapolis Star Tribune reports, that’s key for the Vikings, who are bracing for the myriad of blitzes that Saints defensive coordinator Gregg Williams is likely to dial up. The Vikings also continue to say that cornerback Cedric Griffin, who suffered a torn ACL playing against the Saints in the NFC Championship Game, could also suit up and get work with a sub package. Rookie running back Toby Gerhart is questionable with a knee injury and a knee injury will sideline rookie cornerback Chris Cook.

For New Orleans, middle linebacker Jonathan Vilma is probable with what one source termed a relatively serious groin injury. It might be some time before Vilma is actually close to 100 percent.

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