Mike Zimmer calls Sam Bradford “day to day” but uncertain whether QB can play next week

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Sam Bradford didn’t attend Sunday’s game. He missed seeing his backup earn a game ball by passing for 369 yards and three touchdowns in a 34-17 drubbing of the Buccaneers.

Case Keenum played outstanding,’’ Vikings coach Mike Zimmer said, via Chris Tomasson of the Pioneer Press. “I usually don’t give out game balls after a game. I thought he played great, made great decisions.”

Because the Vikings knew Bradford wasn’t going to play “at an earlier point” in the week, Zimmer said it allowed offensive coordinator Pat Shurmur to tailor the game plan for Keenum. In Week 2, the Vikings didn’t rule out Bradford until pregame.

So when will Bradford return?

“It’s day to day, and we’ll go from there,” Zimmer said.

Bradford injured his left knee on a non-contact play in the season opener against the Saints. He was limited in practice Wednesday and Thursday before seeking a second opinion from Dr. James Andrews in Florida. Andrews twice surgically repaired Bradford’s left knee twice, fixing the quarterback’s torn ACL in 2013 and 2014.

Zimmer has said Bradford doesn’t need surgery, as medical tests on Bradford’s knee revealed no structural damage. But the Vikings remain uncertain about Bradford’s status for next Sunday’s game against Detroit.

31 responses to “Mike Zimmer calls Sam Bradford “day to day” but uncertain whether QB can play next week

  1. “Mike Zimmer calls Sam Bradford “day to day” but uncertain whether QB can play next week”

    Isn’t that the definition of day to day? How is he supposed to know if he will play next week if he doesn’t even know when he can start practicing?

  2. I’m not expecting Keenum to put up numbers like this every week, but if he could put up close to these numbers, then let Bradford heal correctly. I think with this latest injury, the Vikes were smart to not sign Bradford long term. He is very good when he is healthy, but that is his knack his entire career thus far.

    Let’s also not forget the stellar play of our OL. Through 3 games, they look light years ahead of any game last season. When any QB on our roster has time to make his reads, we can beat anyone. When our offense puts up those kinds of numbers, you know our defense is shutting the door.

  3. Considering the Lions beat the Vikings twice last year, they can’t be too over confident going into next Sunday’s game. Bradford for not, the Lions seem to have the Viking’s number. (as do the Seahawks, Packer’s, Patriots, Falcons, ah, there are too many to name)

  4. Case Keenum took over the starting quarterback job for the Minnesota Vikings in week Two…
    And never gave it back.
    Skol

  5. tjacks7 says:
    September 24, 2017 at 9:57 pm
    Can’t wait for the 2 best teams in the NFCN to go head to head next week. May the best team win.
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    Couldn't agree with you more. Indeed, the Pack-Bears tilt will be a real donnybrook.

  6. Vikings might not need Sam.
    Keenum keeps playing like this, Sam won’t even be considered for the job next year knowing the Vikes can get Case for under 1/2 of Bradford. Case out played Sam all pre Season.
    Next week will be a better test. Bucks are not the Lions.
    I’ll bet Sams knee gets feeling MUCH better if he doesn’t play next week and Case plays well again!
    Isn’t it funny how much difference a decent O-line makes?
    Good game Case. My bet is you’ll be a starter next year for someone! Perhaps he is a great fit with the Vikings talent they have, and the OC.

  7. I’m looking forward to the Packers vs bears as well. Don’t know if I’d call the bears one of the two best in the north, but they did just beat a team that embarrassed the vikes last week so I guess we can give it to them.

  8. whatjusthapped says:
    September 24, 2017 at 10:13 pm
    Considering the Lions beat the Vikings twice last year, they can’t be too over confident going into next Sunday’s game. Bradford for not, the Lions seem to have the Viking’s number. (as do the Seahawks, Packer’s, Patriots, Falcons, ah, there are too many to name)

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    Maybe you should be more worried about that Packer team, that came within seconds of losing to the Bengals, one of the worst teams in the NFL. The team that just fired it’s o-coord, the team that didn’t score an offensive TD until today. Get off your high horse, with that average at best defense and horrible o-line, Rodgers may very well be heaving another half dozen Hail Mary’s, just to try and tie up games with time winding down.

  9. philcodean says:
    September 24, 2017 at 10:35 pm
    tjacks7 says:
    September 24, 2017 at 9:57 pm
    Can’t wait for the 2 best teams in the NFCN to go head to head next week. May the best team win.
    >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>><<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<

    Couldn't agree with you more. Indeed, the Pack-Bears tilt will be a real donnybrook.
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    Yeah, Green Bay almost lost to the lowly Bengals at Lambeau…the Bears might be a bit too much for them….

  10. I’m looking forward to the Packers vs bears as well.

    Me too, the Bears have had a brutal schedule thus far. It’s about time they got an easy one.

  11. Oh my LOL. First, it was Teddy, then it was Sam, now it’s Case. viking fans are hilarious! Any… every… QB that suits up for them is the “savior”!!!

    Love those dreamers!

  12. Thrilled that Keenum played so well, but credit the WRs, D. Cook and the offensive line. In addition to the big dudes up front, has anyone else noticed that *all* of Minnesota’s backs (including the underrated CJ Ham) are excellent pass blockers? They were ready for Tampa.

    Two new players making a huge difference: Elflein and D. Cook. Diggs is electric. The D rocks.

    The QB thing will work itself out. It isn’t too late for Bradford to mend and put together a special season and earn a long term deal. No matter what, Minnesota will keep Keenum, who I think will start the majority of this season. I hope all of NFCN the teams are healthy for the upcoming ‘Norther Division Collision’. Fun day!

    Vikes have heart again.

  13. It’s amazing how so many people overreact to one game. Bradford was great in Game 1, so everyone is saying, “give him a long-term contract now! He’s the best quarterback in the league!” Then Sam hurts his knee and Case predictably struggles in his first start at Pittsburgh, and everyone is saying, “Sam’s done for the year, good thing they didn’t give him a new contract. Case is terrible, the Vikings won’t win another game unless they get Kaepernick in here soon.” Even a noted NFL “expert” said the Vikings had literally no chance to win today if Keenum started. Now everyone is saying, “who needs Sam? Case is better!” Can we all just take a breath and let the season play out a bit before jumping to conclusions?

  14. whatjusthapped says:

    Considering the Lions beat the Vikings twice last year, they can’t be too over confident going into next Sunday’s game. Bradford for not, the Lions seem to have the Viking’s number. (as do the Seahawks, Packer’s, Patriots, Falcons, ah, there are too many to name)
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    With your recent performances against the Falcons – I can’t believe you posted that…

    The Falcons have beat your Packers three times in the last 12 months and lead the head to head series.

    Meanwhile the Vikings have won the last two meetings and have a 17 win – 10 loss record against the Falcons.

    This is one of the reasons that everyone laughs at your posts – there is so much wrong information distributed in them that it’s hilarious.

  15. pkrlvr says:

    I’m looking forward to the Packers vs bears as well. Don’t know if I’d call the bears one of the two best in the north, but they did just beat a team that embarrassed the vikes last week so I guess we can give it to them.
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    I complimented the Bears and their fans on their victory in the post game thread. They got the job done.

    We lost in Pittsburgh – the Bears won at home. Pittsburgh is a tough win on the road and we weren’t embarrassed – we just lost the game.

    If you want to see an embarrassing loss – just look at the last two Packer – Falcon games…

  16. The purple yo-yo goes up, the purple yo-yo goes down.

    Purples week one: “Superbowl, homeboy!”

    Purples week two: “Fire everyone! They suck! Zimmer can’t coach! Spielman’s an idiot!”

    Purples week three: “Superbowl, homeboy!”

    I do enjoy watching them hop themselves into a frenzy.

  17. It will take more than an above .500 season to regain my trust in this organization ..in 54 seasons i have never seen the vikings be a dominating franchise despite all the division,conference championships !!! being a viking fan is terribly hard and listening to our own fans fantasize of winning championships is hurtful. lets remember this organization has broken our hearts ever year… Example: 5-0 to start then the bye an 3-8 to finish ….. another crushing let down !!! If chance we ever do win a SB they should dedicate it to all the loyal fans who have stuck with them through ALL the crushing let downs !!! SKOL !!! 4-Ever ….

  18. I just want to see Teddy play behind a Decent O-line for once. He might still be Vikings #1 future QB.
    I just am not sold on Sam, he is like Romo was, cringe on every hit. Next week with Keenum
    starting will answer a lot of questions. He won’t get big plays on the Lions like the Bucks.
    Lions are the best in the North right now, and good for them, their fans have suffered long and hard.
    Packer fans are watching their team drop a little more with each of the past 3 years soon to see the basement.

  19. NFC North just might be the best conference in the NFC, The beast in the AFC is probably the West.
    Patriots just look very good but KC has beat them once.
    The Bears might even be for real too, but there is a log jam at the top.

  20. lambeaudungbarn says:
    September 25, 2017 at 9:31 am
    I just want to see Teddy play behind a Decent O-line for once. He might still be Vikings #1 future QB.
    I just am not sold on Sam, he is like Romo was, cringe on every hit. Next week with Keenum
    starting will answer a lot of questions. He won’t get big plays on the Lions like the Bucks.
    Lions are the best in the North right now, and good for them, their fans have suffered long and hard.
    Packer fans are watching their team drop a little more with each of the past 3 years soon to see the basement.

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    8 straight years in the playoffs, Super Bowl win number 4, and two trips to the NFCCG in the last three years is “soon to see the basement?”

    This is why nobody takes you purples seriously. It also explains why 99% of the sane Viking fans left here… sheer embarrassment at foolishness like this.

  21. CharvelSlinger says:

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    Maybe you should be more worried about that Packer team, that came within seconds of losing to the Bengals, one of the worst teams in the NFL. The team that just fired it’s o-coord, the team that didn’t score an offensive TD until today. Get off your high horse, with that average at best defense and horrible o-line, Rodgers may very well be heaving another half dozen Hail Mary’s, just to try and tie up games with time winding down.

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    Average at best defense (ranked 8th in the league) is apparently better than the one in MN this year (20th ranked). It’s early but that was an odd thing to post.

    And if GB get’s it’s two offensive tackles back they have a top 5 offensive line, maybe top 3.

    As last season proved, there is a LONG way to go and after 3 games the NFCN is separated by one game in the standings. The division games start next week. We will see how this thing starts to shake out.

  22. The Bucs D was shorthanded and beat to hell, so I’m not going to get too excited. But over 400 yards with a backup QB is nonetheless encouraging. Wasn’t impressed at all with the Bucs D, although I can see how their offense can have success.

    The Lions aren’t going to allow all those deep throws, but that could open up the run game. It will be interesting to see how our D plays against the Lions offense, which has looked pretty good again this year.

    There’s not a single gimmee game in the NFCN this year.

  23. tjacks7 says:
    September 24, 2017 at 9:57 pm
    Can’t wait for the 2 best teams in the NFCN to go head to head next week. May the best team win.
    ___________________

    You have the week off, the Lions don’t play the Packers until Week 9. You are going to have to settle for the Lions beating up on the vikings next Sunday.

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