Sam Bradford makes trip to Pittsburgh, but Vikings promote Kyle Sloter

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Vikings quarterback Sam Bradford boarded the team’s charter flight to Pittsburgh, according to Andrew Krammer of the Minneapolis Star Tribune. But with Bradford questionable to play Sunday, the Vikings promoted Kyle Sloter from the practice squad, the team announced Saturday.

Bradford has a left knee injury, reportedly requiring an MRI that was negative. It’s the same knee Bradford underwent surgeries on in 2013 and 2014.

Vikings coach Mike Zimmer said Friday he expects Bradford to play, but Sloter’s promotion means the Vikings have at least a measure of concern.

Case Keenum, who has 24 career starts, including nine for the Rams last season, would start in Bradford’s place.

The Vikings gave Sloter $20,000 per week to get him on the practice squad after the Broncos released him. He will make at least $27,000 on the 53-player roster this week.

Sloter threw for 413 yards and three touchdowns for Denver in the preseason.

The Vikings waived safety Antone Exum Jr. to make room on the roster.

42 responses to “Sam Bradford makes trip to Pittsburgh, but Vikings promote Kyle Sloter

  1. this is why we cant have nice things!
    anybody watch the highlights of Sloter? he’s like a white Vick, but extrmeley raw yet extremely athletic. hopefully we dont see Sloter on the field til next August.

  2. Sloter was highly sought after pre-season, and the Vikings bid heavily to sign him over several other teams. Now that teams are starting to bail on their starting QBs, poaching Sloter offf the Vikings practice squad looks like a good move. Putting him on the active roster was the only way for the Vikings to keep the poachers away. Which was why he was promoted. Bradford’s injury appears minor by all accounts. Ice it, take it easy during practice, he’ll be fine.

  3. They like Exum as a special teams guy and they would have to expose Sloter to waivers to put him back on the practice squad, so they didn’t elevate him to the active roster lightly. Looks like Sam probably won’t play in what is probably the toughest game of the season.

  4. Sam Bradford should wear number 14 to remind Vikings fans he cost them a #1 and #4 draft pick.
    Bradford’s a good QB when he’s healthy, but the problem is he is more often hurt than not.
    It doesn’t matter who plays. The Steelers are going to win the game anyway.

  5. The vikes have a tough schedule ahead so better to get Bradford healthy for the long run, than risking his year for one road game. Keenum is a capable backup. Onward and upward!

  6. If he does play Sunday, might as well schedule another MRI for Monday monday. TJ Watt was feasting all game last week against an All Pro LT.

    Lol pump the breaks on the TJ Watt talk. He was fortunate to play against a rookie QB who help the ball too long and threw a horrendous pass that he picked.

  7. Another team would have been interested in Sloter soon enough, so getting him on the 53 makes sense. I was surprised though that Exum was let go to make room for him. I thought he had done enough as a safety/slot corner hybrid during the preseason.

  8. Frazier28/7 says:
    “This is why we cant have nice things! Anybody watch the highlights of Sloter? he’s like a white Vick, but extrmeley raw yet extremely athletic.” Have YOU watched any of his highlights? He has shown composure, leadership, and pocket presence throughout the preseason. He’s the opposite of Vick. You don’t sound like you really know what you’re talking about.

  9. Hate to say but I’m betting one of the Pittsburgh defenders will take dead aim at Bradford’s knee. They’re dirty and this not below them just to help them win one game.

  10. I’m not worried about it. NFL Network says he is playing. PFT and Dr. Doom himself Judd Zulgad appear to be the only ones who are concerned. Sloter promotion is either getting him on the active roster to prevent someone from grabbing him, or most likely to have 2 backup QBs in the event Bradford’s injury is aggravated early in the game.

  11. tjacks7 says:

    September 16, 2017 at 4:55 pm

    If he does play Sunday, might as well schedule another MRI for Monday monday. TJ Watt was feasting all game last week against an All Pro LT.

    Lol pump the breaks on the TJ Watt talk. He was fortunate to play against a rookie QB who help the ball too long and threw a horrendous pass that he picked.

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    Did you actually watch the game? Watt was in the backfield and all around the ball. Want me to pump the breaks on him. Fine. Let’s see how the Vikes deal with Heyward, Hargrave and Shazier too. And look out if Tuitt plays. He spent more time in the Browns backfield the first drive than Kizer did.

  12. The over-reaction to Bradford’s knee issue is hilarious. He had some pain and swelling. Took it easy in practice. MRI negative. Cortisone shot before the game and he’s good to go. Done.

    I agree the Steelers fans need to pump the brakes on TJ Watt. His two sacks came about 5 and maybe 7 seconds into the play- the result of Kizer, playing his first NFL game, holding the ball too long. His INT was on a bad throw by Kizer as well. Nice play nevertheless.

    Anyway, Joe Thomas, who blocked him all day, was the highest rated tackle in the league week one. That tells you what you need to know about Watt.

  13. @flviking
    not true at all
    the steelers were uo 21-10 until the middle of the 4th qtr
    by that time it was garbage time,the browns managed to score
    and then the steelers killed the clock
    that’s what really happened if you watched the game
    look for the steelers to start fast this week and bell to have a big day


  14. flviking says:
    September 16, 2017 at 4:14 pm

    Doesn’t matter who we have at QB. The steelers barely got by the browns last week. Vikes win in a cakewalk. My favorite German Chocolate”

    Some serious “whistling past the graveyard” going on in that comment.

  15. And meanwhile, the Eagles plucked a young stud in Derek Barnett from the draft largess bestowed upon them in the Sam Bradford trade, plus a fourth rounder in next years draft. It’s the gift that keeps on giving. Who knows, maybe Teddy Bridgewater is the starter for the Vikings by year end.

  16. @bigcid10

    Absent a fluke blocked punt, and you lose that game. Steelers O only scored 14 points against the Browns…if you’re happy with that, more power to you, but don’t expect to win many games that way.

    The Bengals, back when Zimmer was DC, allowed 13.4 points/game against the Steelers, and the past two seasons has only allowed over 21 points in regulation 4 times a year, and most of those came later in the season when some key guys were out with injuries, which doesn’t look to be the case Sunday.

    I’d be surprised if the Steelers scored more than 20 points tomorrow, and also if the Steelers secondary limited the Vikings to under 20.

  17. Sloter was highly sought after pre-season, and the Vikings bid heavily to sign him over several other teams. Now that teams are starting to bail on their starting QBs, poaching Sloter offf the Vikings practice squad looks like a good move. Putting him on the active roster was the only way for the Vikings to keep the poachers away. Which was why he was promoted. Bradford’s injury appears minor by all accounts. Ice it, take it easy during practice, he’ll be fine.

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    Swelling in a twice surgically repaired knee is minor? Pretty sure he’s very, very close to another tear/surgery hence why the Vikings I bet do NOT play him tomorrow….

  18. Bridgewater seems like a great guy with a lot of potential, and it’s sad to see him out like this.

    But the silver lining is this means the Vikes’ arrogant fans get what they deserve. I couldn’t be happier for those jerks.

  19. Kyle Sloter’s got a great story. Keeps getting underestimated, but just does his job and keeps proving the doubters wrong. I hope he gets a shot. I’d much rather watch him to see what he can do with/against 1st teamers as opposed to Keenum.

  20. Sloter was highly sought after pre-season, and the Vikings bid heavily to sign him over several other teams. Now that teams are starting to bail on their starting QBs, poaching Sloter offf the Vikings practice squad looks like a good move. Putting him on the active roster was the only way for the Vikings to keep the poachers away. Which was why he was promoted. Bradford’s injury appears minor by all accounts. Ice it, take it easy during practice, he’ll be fine.

    Can’t poach him unless he moves to or from the practice squad.

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