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Updated: November 14th, 2010 1:00pm
Another calf injury benches John Sullivan in first quarter

Another calf injury benches John Sullivan in first quarter

by Tom Pelissero
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CHICAGO -- Another calf injury has sidelined John Sullivan.

The Minnesota Vikings' center limped off with 3 minutes, 30 seconds left in the first quarter of Sunday's game at Chicago and was replaced by Jon Cooper.

On the sideline, trainers worked on Sullivan's left calf -- the same one he injured on the Vikings' first play Sept. 26 against Detroit, sidelining him for two games -- and though he later returned to the sideline with his helmet on, Cooper stayed in the game.

"He kind of felt something pop in there and thought maybe he was going to be able to get it loose and back up, but it just wasn't to be," Childress said. "Jon Cooper jumped in there and did a decent job, I thought."

Sullivan also missed most of training camp with an injury to his right calf. Coach Brad Childress had described both of those injuries as strains.

In the second quarter, safety Eric Frampton suffered a hamstring injury while covering a punt. His return was announced as questionable but he never came back.

Receiver Percy Harvin left the game after tweaking his ailing left ankle in the fourth quarter and didn't return.

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