Sam Bradford situation remains ominous for Vikings

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Less than two days after Vikings quarterback Sam Bradford had the best game of his career, he popped up on the injury report due to a problem with a knee in which he’s twice torn the ACL. The three days since then have been a mixed bag of bad news/good news that has Vikings fans bracing for the shoe to finally drop.

Although the “questionable” designation now encompasses a far broader range of potential availability than 50-50, the listing coupled with the practice limitations coupled with reports of swelling and discomfort coupled with the news of a supposedly negative MRI coupled with the decision to elevate a practice-squad quarterback has folks wondering when the Case Keenum Era is upon us. And whether Teddy Bridgewater can be ready to go by Week Seven.

The irony remains that Bradford was battered and bruised behind a bad offensive line a year ago but played every game (other than Week One, when he barely knew where to park his car) and that he now has a competent offensive line and he may already be hurt, even though no one can pinpoint a moment on Monday night when any injury may have happened.

The timing couldn’t be worse for a guy who made a strong opening statement in a contract year, and who may soon see a healthy Teddy Bridgewater ready and willing to take the snaps Bradford can’t. Whatever the situation may be, running smack into the Steel Curtain won’t be good for the knees. And if his already limited mobility is even more limited by a balky knee, the rest of Bradford’s body could be in grave danger, too.

26 responses to “Sam Bradford situation remains ominous for Vikings

  1. Minnesota just can’t catch a break.
    They have to be the most injured team in the League, when it comes to key players for the past 5 years!
    Time to see if this team has any depth.

  2. This is probably the toughest game of the season for the Vikings. Winning is a tall order even with Bradford in there, so maybe they decide discretion is the better part of valor and protect Sam this week to get him ready for Tampa.

  3. In Teddy We Trust made a pretty good point the other day. Keenum is not that much of a drop off from Bradford, so Vikes should be okay in either case.

  4. Once we find a guy we think we like, he gets hurt. It’s the Viking way. This doesn’t happen to ANY other team like it does to the vikings. They have their key positions going down on season ending injuries (and early in the season) almost every single season. It’s a damn curse. I’m not just talking a guy missing a few weeks or so, the Vikings have season ending injuries to their most important positions all the time.

  5. Let’s not jump to conclusions. Kyle Sloter could be more of a precaution than a necessity. But even so, though there’s no structural damage 2 the knee, I’d rather see Sam sit out this game & get the swelling down. It’s not worth it pushing it for this game & causing more problems. We have a lot of season left.

  6. After one game it’s “official”… Sam Bradford has a “competent line”.

    Yeah… the New Orleans Defense is so terrifying.

    2015 N.O. Saints Defense = 32nd in NFL

    2016 N.O. Saints Defense = 31st in NFL

    Just terrifying for offensive lines!!!

    Let’s wait a game or four before crowning a team’s O-line NFL royalty.

  7. “the Vikings have season ending injuries to their most important positions all the time.”

    Yeah, no one else knows what that’s like.

    Bradford ended three of his five seasons with the Rams on IR.

  8. This is another lesson for Viking fans. They keep saying all it takes is a top tier QB, and they now have one. In fact, they throw shade at the Packers for only winning one SuperBowl with Rodgers, because all you need is a top tier QB, and they now have one. The season is long. It’s not that easy. Welcome to reality.

  9. “Bradford ended three of his five seasons with the Rams on IR”

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    While playing behind the Rams “competent” offensive lines.

  10. Seriously making a mountain out of a molehill with this story. MRI was negative. Every player on the field has bumps & bruises after every game. He is your starting QB. Of course if he has a bump or bruise on his knee you do an MRI out of precaution. Doesn’t mean a darned thing. The fact that he traveled (and practiced even if it was limited) and hasn’t been rules as out tells you all there in to know. He just has a bruise.

  11. A lot of speculation here because they promoted Sloter, but the MRI on Bradford was negative (so no torn ligaments). Maybe the Vikings promoted Sloter to keep another team from signing him?

  12. Bradford needs to drink his milk, with “Brittle Bones” disease. This Steelers front 7 is nasty, so if Bradford plays on a bad knee and can’t run, he might have something else hurting. Let the backup get beatup.

  13. Yea, our front 7 is pretty nasty too, especially against an OLD QB.

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    mrwirez says:
    September 16, 2017 at 6:46 pm
    Bradford needs to drink his milk, with “Brittle Bones” disease. This Steelers front 7 is nasty, so if Bradford plays on a bad knee and can’t run, he might have something else hurting. Let the backup get beatup.

  14. Wow! It only took till week 2 for the laundry list of excuses to begin this season.
    Oh, and thanks for reminding us, once again, that the only team in the NFL that has to deal with injuries are the vaunted Minnesota Barneys.
    skoLOL!

  15. Since when was Sam the face of the franchise? This team is pushing its way forward to being a TEAM. Run the ball! Any QB can dump off West Coast passes to RBs and WRs. If the offense can do anything at all, like control the clock, dinking and dunking, the vaunted Purple Predators will feed, at will!

  16. Case Keenum was projected as a late draft pick, with the major factors for his low stock being undersized at 6 feet, a possibility to only be able to play in a spread offense.
    Hmmm.
    McKinnon is a WR, too, isn’t he? Cook? When does that guy from AZ get back in?
    We have way too many WRs.
    Hmmm.

  17. taintedsaints2009 says:
    September 16, 2017 at 4:52 pm
    Once we find a guy we think we like, he gets hurt. It’s the Viking way. This doesn’t happen to ANY other team like it does to the vikings. They have their key positions going down on season ending injuries (and early in the season) almost every single season. It’s a damn curse. I’m not just talking a guy missing a few weeks or so, the Vikings have season ending injuries to their most important positions all the time.
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    Uh, yes, it does happen to most other teams. Every fan thinks their team suffers more injuries than every other team.

  18. I can imagine Slick Rick at this moment totaling up future draft picks to dangle in front of GMs around the league for their long in the tooth and fragile kneed backups.
    You know, going all in to propel this team to another 8-8 record.
    Lather, rinse, repeat.

  19. doctorrustbelt says:
    September 16, 2017 at 5:29 pm
    After one game it’s “official”… Sam Bradford has a “competent line”.

    Yeah… the New Orleans Defense is so terrifying.

    2015 N.O. Saints Defense = 32nd in NFL

    2016 N.O. Saints Defense = 31st in NFL

    Just terrifying for offensive lines!!!

    Let’s wait a game or four before crowning a team’s O-line NFL royalty.

    ÷÷÷÷÷÷÷

    I don’t think you understand the meaning of the word “competent”. It does not equate to “royalty”.

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