EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn. Returning to practice after a seven-day break, Minnesota Vikings center John Sullivan sat at his locker with his shirt and forehead dripping with sweat and said the first few plays during practice, "it's hard to get your wind back."
Sullivan, like most of his teammates, got away during last week's bye week. Sullivan spent part of his time off in South Dakota, hunting with Chad Greenway, Cullen Loeffler and Kyle Rudolph before returning home for a few days of relaxation.
For Sullivan, the bye came a bit later than he would like he prefers Week 9, splitting the season in half but it was no doubt beneficial to Minnesota.
"It's nice when you get a week off," Sullivan said. "I think our coaches do it the right way. They allow you to get away from football; get your mind off things and recharge yourself mentally, emotionally, physically. I appreciate that."
Recharged, refreshed and now refocused, the Vikings returned Monday, knowing the importance of the final six g...