NEW ORLEANS -- It appears as though one pregame question mark for the Minnesota Vikings has been answered. Barring a change of heart during pregame warm-ups, the Vikings have decided to start center John Sullivan despite a lingering right calf injury that cost him most of training camp and the entire preseason, according to ESPN's Ed Werder.
Sullivan returned to full practice earlier this week after spending more than a month dealing with the injury. The Vikings experimented with two options in the interim; one was using backup Jon Cooper and the other was shifting over right guard Anthony Herrera and inserting rookie Chris DeGeare at right guard. Ultimately, however, the Vikings decided to inflict minimal collateral damage by using an established starter who probably still isn't in full game condition rather than moving one or more players to different positions.
For our next trick, we'll endeavor to find out if the Vikings will add a cornerback to their roster or if they really do plan to enter this game with three healthy players at this position.