Center John Sullivan missed Wednesday’s practice with spasms, although head coach Mike Zimmer declined to say if it was back spasms.
“He had a spasm,” Zimmer said. “He’ll be alright.”
At least Sullivan won’t have to have surgery like a couple of his Minnesota Vikings teammates.
Defensive tackle Shamar Stephen had arthroscopic surgery on his knee but should return by the regular-season opener, Zimmer said.
Linval Joseph remains the starter at nose tackle, but the loss of Stephen will give the remaining levels of the depth chart at defensive tackle even more playing time in the three remaining preseason games. Chibgo Anunoby and Greg Hickman are listed behind Stephen on the depth chart, and B.J. Dubose is back from a training camp injury, as well as Chrishon Rose.
“Those guys will get some more reps this week,” Zimmer said. “We anticipate (Stephen) back for the season.”
Offensive tackle Carter Bykowski also had shoulder surgery and is expected to be out for the season, although the Vikings hadn’t officially put him on injured reserve by the end of business Wednesday.
Zimmer said Thursday he didn't know if the team would place Bykowski on injured reserve.
David Yankey has been taking second-team reps at tackle with Bykowski out and rookie Austin Shepherd has been working there, too. The Vikings also signed tackle Stephen Goodin after the Loadholt’s injury.
“We’ve got Yankey in there and we’ve got Clemmings and we’re putting Shepherd in there some,” Zimmer said.
Also sitting out of practice Wednesday were TE MyCole Pruitt (ankle), who at least got his walking boot off, and S Antone Exum (hamstring). CB Josh Robinson remains on the physically unable to perform list.