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John Sullivan suffers knee contusion, said he's cool with Lions' Suh


EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn. — A low block already sidelined Minnesota Vikings defensive tackle Kevin Williams for a game and another by Detroit Lions defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh in Sunday’s 34-24 loss threatened to injure center John Sullivan.

Coach Leslie Frazier said on Monday that Sullivan suffered a contusion to his left knee, or a bruise, and should be fine. Sullivan echoed that sentiment, adding his appreciation for Suh’s apparent halftime apology.

“It looked like it could’ve led to a serious injury,” Sullivan said. “I feel lucky today being relatively unscathed.”

It’s been reported that Suh will likely see further punishment from the NFL, other than the flag that negated an interception return for a touchdown by Lions linebacker DeAndre Levy on the same play, when Suh undercut Sullivan as he was chasing the ball.

“[Suh] apologized, said there was no intent to injure,” Sullivan said. “I think guys get caught up in the play sometimes, sometimes things happen, it’s hard to remember what you do when you get caught up in the moment.”

When asked if he believed Suh’s claim that he didn’t mean to go for his knees, Sullivan stayed positive.

“I appreciate he came up and said something, yeah,” Sullivan said.

Frazier and Sullivan both said he should be back on Wednesday, the first practice of the week.

The Vikings and Lions don’t meet for a rematch until the final week of the season, but the Vikings have already become all too familiar with threatening low blocks on their linemen.

San Francisco 49ers guard Joe Looney threw a similar block on Williams in the third preseason game on Aug. 25. However, Williams’ injury was much more severe with a hyperextension and bone bruise.

Williams missed Sunday’s game, the first time he’s sat out due to injury since 2005 — only the third time in his 10-year career.

“You just hate to see guys get hit below the waist,” Frazier said. “You just know that can result in some serious injuries so you just hate to see it.”


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