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Vikings release John Sullivan, make moves with four more to reach limit

As the Vikings await word on Teddy Bridgewater’s apparently serious leg injury, the team made five moves to reach the roster limit by Tuesday afternoon’s deadline.

The most prominent of early moves was the release of veteran center John Sullivan, who had started 93 games since the Vikings drafted him in the sixth round in 2008. General Manager Rick Spielman tried to find a suitable trade partner for Sullivan, but clearly the Vikings didn’t get a deal they wanted.

Sullivan’s exit frees more than $5 million as his base salary was not guaranteed for the upcoming season. Joe Berger took his place as the starting center Tuesday before practice was called early due to Bridgewater’s injury.

The Vikings also waived safety Antone Exum Jr. and defensive tackle Scott Crichton with injury designations. Exum Jr. suffered a left knee injury in Sunday’s preseason win against the San Diego Chargers, while Crichton had not practiced in weeks due to an undisclosed injury. If either player goes unclaimed, they’ll revert to injured reserve.

Receiver Troy Stoudermire was also waived.

Offensive lineman Mike Harris was moved to the reserve non-football illness list, freeing up another roster spot.

The Vikings roster is now down to 75 players, including Bridgewater.

Teddy Bridgewater's serious leg injury ends Vikings practice

Vikings quarterback Teddy Bridgewater suffered a “significant knee injury” at Tuesday’s practice, Coach Mike Zimmer said.

Bridgewater left Winter Park in an ambulance after a left knee injury that occurred away from contact.

Zimmer said he had no timetable for Bridgewater’s return, but said “it doesn’t look good right now” when asked if Bridgewater would play again this season.

“We’ll let you know tonight or tomorrow, as soon as we find out the extent of it,” Zimmer said at a news conference.

Zimmer said Bridgewater had been sedated and was getting an MRI on the knee. As reporters pressed him for details, Zimmer said, “Let’s let him get taken care of please. I love this kid. Our fans love the kid.”

The Vikings have a preseason game on Thursday night before opening the regular season on Sept. 11 at Tennessee.

“You know what, it’s still about the football team,” Zimmer said. “We’re going to figure out the very best way we can beat a team that we play that week. If it’s running it 65 times or throwing it 65 times, it still doesn’t matter.”

When asked about moving forward with a pall cast over his team, Zimmer said, “My wife passed away seven years ago. It was a bad day and the sun came up the next day.

“We’re not going to stick our heads in the sand. We’re going to find a way.”

More from the Star Tribune:

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