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Updated: September 26th, 2010 12:18pm
John Sullivan injured on Vikings' 1st play; Visanthe Shiancoe hurt, returns

John Sullivan injured on Vikings' 1st play; Visanthe Shiancoe hurt, returns

by Tom Pelissero
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MINNEAPOLIS -- Center John Sullivan limped off with a calf injury on the Minnesota Vikings' first play Sunday against Detroit.

The injury was to Sullivan's left calf -- not the right calf that sidelined him for the entire preseason and has landed him on the injury report for three weeks. Trainers worked on Sullivan on a table and fitted him with a sleeve. His return was announced as questionable but he didn't return.

Sullivan declined to talk about the injury, saying "I'll talk about it more later."

With backup Jon Cooper inactive, Ryan Cook replaced Sullivan and was beaten on the first play by rookie Ndamukong Suh, who dropped Adrian Peterson for a 2-yard loss.

On the first play of the third quarter, tight end Visanthe Shiancoe departed with an apparent right hamstring injury. Shiancoe went to the locker room and his return was announced as questionable, but he was back in the game by the end of the quarter.

Shiancoe said he "just got a little tweak" and declined to confirm it was a hamstring injury.

"I need the bye right now," he said.

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