John Sullvan at Minnesota Vikings players in pre-game introduction in 2012. Photo by AJ_Jefferson,_Christian_Ballard,_and_Vikings_in_2012_pregame_intro.jpg: Joe Bielawa derivative work: Arbor to SJ [CC BY 2.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0)], via Wikimedia Commons.
John Sullivan at a Minnesota Vikings pre-game introduction in 2012. Photo by AJ_Jefferson,_Christian_Ballard,_and_Vikings_in_2012_pregame_intro.jpg: Joe Bielawa derivative work: Arbor to SJ [CC BY 2.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0)], via Wikimedia Commons.
The boys of summer just started the 2017 Major League Baseball season this week, but the Los Angeles Rams don’t want you to forget football.

As two NFL teams get ready to compete in Los Angeles this fall, the Rams announced the team has signed John Sullivan, the Minnesota Vikings starting center from 2009-2014.

The 6-foot-4-inch, 310-pound Sullivan missed the 2015 season because of a back injury. He was released by the Vikings before the start of the 2016 season, then signed with Washington, playing 13 games and starting one.

Minnesota drafted Sullivan in the sixth round of the 2008 draft out of Notre Dame.

The Rams had been seeking a center after releasing Tim Barnes, their starter for the past two seasons, last month.

They had signed Ryan Groy to an offer sheet, but the Buffalo Bills retained Groy by matching terms of the offer sheet.

The signing reunites the 31-year-old Sullivan with Rams coach Sean McVay, Washington’s offensive coordinator from 2014-16.

The Rams also announced the signing of linebacker Carlos Thompson, who played two preseason games with the Houston Texans in 2015.

—City News Service

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