Every weekday, we walk you through what’s going on with the Vikings.
WHAT YOU MIGHT HAVE MISSED
— The Vikings revealed yesterday that veteran center John Sullivan had back surgery and will miss at least half of the season on injured reserve.
— With Sullivan out, this could be a rare season for the Vikings franchise in which the team doesn’t have a steady option at the center position.
— Vikings players say they have confidence in Joe Berger to do the job.
— Jarius Wright, that little kid who once was considered too small to play Pee Wee football, landed a four-year contract extension yesterday.
— Fullback Zach Line, who has a knee injury, has returned to practice.
AROUND THE NFC NORTH
— Packers coach Mike McCarthy was losing hours of his life on a Lambeau Field elevator, so he requested a second office on the ground floor.
— Lions tight end Eric Ebron, who underwhelmed as a rookie, says he uses mean tweets from the naysayers on social media as motivation.
— The Bears want Jay Cutler to protect the football. Good luck with that.
TODAY’S VIKINGS SCHEDULE
The Vikings practice at 1 p.m. Before then, coordinators George Edwards and Mike Priefer will chat with reporters and the locker room will be open.
SOMETHING TO THINK ABOUT
The Vikings have been one of the NFL’s youngest teams over the past few years and will once again be in 2015. According to Jimmy Kempski of the Philly Voice, who recently calculated the average age of all 32 teams, the Vikings are the NFL’s seventh-youngest team with an average age of 25.83. Last season, they were the fifth-youngest at 25.58. This season will be at least the fourth straight year where their average age was less than 26, per Kempski’s calculations. But after GM Rick Spielman successfully led this youth movement, the Vikings will be willing to grow old with members of their young nucleus, such as Teddy Bridgewater and Harrison Smith.