Sullivan, a sixth-round draft pick in 2008 who had started 93 of the 109 regular-season games played in his Vikings career, lost out in the battle for the starting spot to Joe Berger, who replaced Sullivan last year when Sullivan was lost for the season with two back surgeries.
“Our entire organization appreciates everything that John Sullivan has done for this franchise,” General Manager Rick Spielman said in a statement. “Sullivan led our team, not only with how he played the game, but also with how he handled himself in our community. We wish John Sullivan and his family nothing but the best as they move forward.”
Sullivan was named the Vikings Man of the Year in 2013 for his community efforts, but his $5.833 million cap hit for each of the next two seasons likely contributed to his release.
In addition to him, the Vikings placed S Antone Exum and DT Scott Crichton on the waived/injured list, meaning they can be claimed by another team in the next 24 hours or they will be placed on the Vikings’ injured reserve list.
While Teddy Bridgewater suffered a serious injury about 25 minutes into practice and practice was cancelled, several players weren’t participating at the start of that practice, including RB Jerick McKinnon, who was running off to the side, WR Charles Johnson, LT Matt Kalil and CB Xavier Rhodes.