MRI shows no new injury for Sam Bradford

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Vikings quarterback Sam Bradford returned to the starting lineup on Monday night after missing three games with a knee injury, but he was out of the game before the end of the first half when it was clear that he wasn’t well enough to handle the job.

On Tuesday, Vikings trainer Eric Sugarman provided an update on Bradford’s condition in a meeting with reporters. Sugarman said that Bradford had an MRI that showed no new injury and offered a different description of the quarterback’s injury than the bone bruise that’s been discussed for much of the last month.

“We’re not dealing with a ligament injury to Sam,” Sugarman said, via Andrew Krammer of the Minneapolis Star Tribune. “We’re not dealing with a bone bruise from a direct hit … wear and tear in knee joint.”

Sugarman also said that the team felt Bradford was well enough to protect himself when the game began — “We would never put a player on the field we thought could not protect themselves” — although that obviously changed as the first half unfolded. He also said that Bradford can “absolutely” make a full recovery, but didn’t say when and Monday night’s false start makes it hard to expect it is right around the corner.

69 responses to “MRI shows no new injury for Sam Bradford

  1. It’s sounding like arthritis, which is no bueno for his career. If it is arthritis…you’ve made your money, Sam. Go protect your health.

  2. Bradford might as well ride the bench for the rest of the season. At the top of his game he’s only a marginal improvement over Keenum, and he’s a long way off from the top off his game. Viking fans should take relief in the fact that they have a reliable backup to fall back on.

  3. kamthechancellor says:

    Same injury as before: broken talent.

    __________

    And there is another moron who can’t back up his trash talk lol. Someone didn’t watch MNF opening week 😀

  4. It seems like this guy is always hurt. On the field, he looks puny. Chicken legs usually don’t work out in the NFL. I’m not shocked that he’s having knee problems after repeatedly getting hit by 300 pound linemen.

  5. Dealing with a player who doesn’t have the drive to suck it up and earn his exhorbant contract. Just a soft player who fleeced the Vikings.

    It’s amazing the gm couldn’t see this coming before the trade that netted the Eagles better draft picks than they gave up after he flopped. Didn’t take them long to cut bait. Spielman hasn’t been much of a magician when it comes to starting qb’s going all the way back to Miami and Fiedler unless you consider making them disappear. How many is that in Minnesota?

  6. There’s a reason one of his nicknames is Mr. Glass. You can’t rely on a QB like that. They should go with Keenum and then find out what they have in Bridgewater once he’s healthy. And is it just me, or do the Vikings players look like the enjoy playing with Keenum more than Bradford? There’s just an energy that doesn’t seem to be there when Sam’s on the field.

  7. There is zero chance Zimmer puts Sam back on the field in purple. I’m sure Zim bullied him to be out there on Monday night, it didn’t work out, Sam is done.

  8. He looked like some other QB’s from the past who played too long. He couldn’t get out of the way of his own center last night.

  9. According to Certified Athletic Trainer Eric Sugarman, we’re not dealing with a bone bruise from a direct hit, so it is apparently a bone bruise from “wear and tear in the knee joint.” Bradford was apparently looking fine before the game after resting for four weeks, but he couldn’t step into his throws from the beginning and the injury flared up quickly. What amount of rest is going to allow him to return this season? I can’t imagine him coming back and actually contributing this season.

  10. Here’s how it looks like this is going to go down:

    Keenum starts the next three games before the bye (GB, BAL, CLE). They should be 5-3 at worst at that point.

    After the bye, Bridgewater will be added to the active roster.

    Unless Keenum has been ineffective in the previous three games, I’d expect him to start at Washington in Week 10.

    If the Vikings lose that game, expect Bridgewater to be announced as the starting quarterback at home against the Rams November 19.

    Bridgewater leads the team to a 4-3 record over a pretty tough stretch. The Vikings finish 9-7 and have a good chance at a wildcard berth.

    You heard it here first.

  11. jhorton83 says:
    October 10, 2017 at 4:52 pm

    And is it just me, or do the Vikings players look like the enjoy playing with Keenum more than Bradford? There’s just an energy that doesn’t seem to be there when Sam’s on the field.
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    And you’re basing this on watching one game? No, there probably wasn’t as much energy when the quarterback that can’t complete a pass or avoid a rush is playing, but I’d say there was quite a bit of energy in the other game he played when he looked like the second coming of Johnny Unitas. I didn’t see a lot of energy last week when Keenum led the Vikings to 7 points.

  12. Sam will never paly QB for Minnesota again, frankley he will be lucky to get a backup job next year..BUT the Browns are always looking for a QB, With all the #1-#5 picks they have had the past 10 years they should be out scoring teams 50 to 3 every week.
    Teddy will be starting from Week 7 on.
    If Minnesota was smart they would sign him to a long term contract loaded with performance clauses, THEN TRADE HIM!

  13. This season, Bradford has reminded me a lot of Brett Favre as a Viking. The first game, he looked like the 2009 Favre. Last night, he looked like Favre playing his last game on the frozen turf of TCF Bank Stadium.

  14. Remember when Spieldope panicked last year and sent a 1st and a 4th to Philly for Bradford?

    Packer fans told you it was way too much for an injury prone QB. But you wouldn’t listen.

  15. In Teddy We Trust says:
    October 10, 2017 at 5:08 pm
    Here’s how it looks like this is going to go down:

    Keenum starts the next three games before the bye (GB, BAL, CLE). They should be 5-3 at worst at that point.

    After the bye, Bridgewater will be added to the active roster.

    Unless Keenum has been ineffective in the previous three games, I’d expect him to start at Washington in Week 10.

    If the Vikings lose that game, expect Bridgewater to be announced as the starting quarterback at home against the Rams November 19.

    Bridgewater leads the team to a 4-3 record over a pretty tough stretch. The Vikings finish 9-7 and have a good chance at a wildcard berth.

    You heard it here first.

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    Yes, but will you be the first to remind us all of this when our Vikes go 5-11?

    🙂

  16. If Bradford doesn’t get better soon, real soon, he may end up on IR for the year. Bridgewater is due back next week, the Vikings need Keenum and they really like Sloter and don’t want to risk losing him by cutting him loose.

    At this point, especially after last night’s lackluster performance by Bradford, it’s hard to see the Vikings cutting one of the other guys loose for someone who isn’t ready to play and apparently won’t be for at least a few more weeks.

  17. If it is post-traumatic arthritis, you gotta feel bad for the guy. He is young and may be looking at knee replacements later in life.

    But then again, the couch warriors think he should toughen up. They know what its like to have bone rub on bone.

  18. Purple People Eaters says:
    October 10, 2017 at 5:21 pm

    Yes, but will you be the first to remind us all of this when our Vikes go 5-11?
    ______

    Of course. Aren’t I always the first to remind you when your Packers fail to meet expectations?

  19. In Teddy We Trust says:
    October 10, 2017 at 5:08 pm
    Here’s how it looks like this is going to go down:

    Keenum starts the next three games before the bye (GB, BAL, CLE). They should be 5-3 at worst at that point.

    After the bye, Bridgewater will be added to the active roster.

    Unless Keenum has been ineffective in the previous three games, I’d expect him to start at Washington in Week 10.

    If the Vikings lose that game, expect Bridgewater to be announced as the starting quarterback at home against the Rams November 19.

    Bridgewater leads the team to a 4-3 record over a pretty tough stretch. The Vikings finish 9-7 and have a good chance at a wildcard berth.

    You heard it here first.
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    That’s a reasonable prognosis………right up until the Bridgewater factor. I believe it’s more wishful thinking on you than the talent of Bridgewater, but who knows, stranger things have happened.

  20. In Teddy We Trust says:
    October 10, 2017 at 5:30 pm
    Of course. Aren’t I always the first to remind you when your Packers fail to meet expectations?
    ////////////////////////////////////////////

    I cannot remember the Packers ever failing to meet my expectations. They nearly always exceed them, but of course, not always.

    Here again, the bar that Viking fans set for the Packers is; “Win the SuperBowl, every year, or it’s a choke-job.”

    Whereas the bar those same fans set for their own Vikings is; “Wow, we sure have a lot of bad luck.”

    That’s the difference between brainwashed to win and embracing the suck. Guess which one is you.

  21. Stranger things have happened, including Bridgewater leading the Vikings to an 11-5 record and division title in the last season he played. I don’t think it’s going out on a limb to say he could be 4-3 this year.

  22. Very tough away game last night. Glad the Vikings got the hard fought win. Looking forward to the Vikings offense getting back on track against a horrendous defense. I see them hanging about 35 on the board while the stout defense won’t give up more than 20.

  23. I like the Packers team, it is just the knuckle dragging Packer Fans I hate, that and that Outhouse they play in! I have never seen so many home team fans puking on their shoes Drunk as Hell and picking fights my last game time there. Sure glad my tickets were free, Id never pay to walk into that Cesspool.

  24. This guy is an injury….from head to toe, just one big injury.

    In the new game, which more or less is flag football for the QB’s, he just keep getting injured.

    In the old game, prior to NFL hiring serious field crews he would have tripped on a daisy and lost a month of the season…

  25. Remember when Spieldope panicked last year and sent a 1st and a 4th to Philly for Bradford?

    Yea, he should have just blown the pick on a defensive bust like Ted does.

  26. In Teddy We Trust says:
    October 10, 2017 at 5:44 pm
    It’s you Packer fans who continuously tell us that the Packers will be Super Bowl champions. You’re setting the bar, not me.
    /////////////////////////////////

    Yeah? Find me one. Find me one that isn’t a Viking troll pretender predicting categorically that “the Packers will win the SuperBowl.” I’m on this site a lot.

    I’ve never seen it.

  27. ldbeachtecorion61 says:
    October 10, 2017 at 5:50 pm
    I like the Packers team, it is just the knuckle dragging Packer Fans I hate, that and that Outhouse they play in! I have never seen so many home team fans puking on their shoes Drunk as Hell and picking fights my last game time there. Sure glad my tickets were free, Id never pay to walk into that Cesspool.
    ///////////////////////////////

    Fake News. The reason behind the alcohol cut-off is visiting Viking fans unable to handle their three beers. Fact. Plus, they are the all-time most-often arrested visiting fans at Lambeau. They like to pick needless fights! It’s usually over something extremely important to them, such as; “It’s not gold, it’s yellow.” We’d be delighted if you never returned. Promise?

  28. Bradford looked as stiff in the knees as I’ve ever seen any football player. If he looks like that after 3 weeks rest what chance does he have of playing again this year? I don’t know what they were thinking when they put him out there. Keenum is a decent player who can play well with a good supporting cast. Maybe enough wins to get a wild card matchup. Look to next year for better days.

  29. guitarfreak21 says:
    October 10, 2017 at 4:45 pm
    kamthechancellor says:

    Same injury as before: broken talent.

    __________

    And there is another moron who can’t back up his trash talk lol. Someone didn’t watch MNF opening week 😀
    ——————————————————————–
    So one good game makes someone a good quarterback? And you call kamrhechancellor a moron? Even Trent Dilfer made a pro bowl and won a super bowl.

  30. guitarfreak21 says:
    October 10, 2017 at 4:45 pm
    kamthechancellor says:

    Same injury as before: broken talent.

    __________

    And there is another moron who can’t back up his trash talk lol. Someone didn’t watch MNF opening week 😀
    ……………………………
    Even Al Bundy had a 4 TD game once. Ol no knees Sammy left it all out on the field that Monday nighter.

  31. tjacks7 says:
    October 10, 2017 at 5:52
    Yea, he should have just blown the pick on a defensive bust like Ted does.
    //////////////////////

    And yet, despite all those blown picks, the Packers still own the division and every other team in it. How does that make you feel? Angry?

  32. Well, best of luck to Bradford in all his future endeavors.

    It’s a shame that this team is going to get destroyed this week. Playing a defense that’s realistically the same (11 vs 13 in yards allowed and allowing a difference of 4 points per game more), and an offense that put up 35 against the same bears team that allowed only 20 from the Vikes?

    I’m thinking 42 – 10. Rodgers is sitting in the 3rd quarter as Brett Hundley gets a few reps in a game the Packers coast through.

  33. If not for the refs jobbing the Bears on a made up holding call that pathetic franchise would be at the bottom of the drain once again. After this weekend reality will set in after your super bowl loss and you will be in essence 3 games behind your big brother to the east and half of you will disappear.

  34. He was really good in college. The Rams ruined him by not putting an offensive line in front of him and getting no receiver to go around him.

  35. ldbeachtecorion61 says:
    October 10, 2017 at 5:50 pm
    I like the Packers team, it is just the knuckle dragging Packer Fans I hate, that and that Outhouse they play in! I have never seen so many home team fans puking on their shoes Drunk as Hell and picking fights my last game time there. Sure glad my tickets were free, Id never pay to walk into that Cesspool.
    _____
    probably the most accurate post ever made on this site.

  36. Too bad it consistently finishes in the top 5 in any sport for venues and sporting experience and #1 in the NFL the past 7 years. Dont believe me look it up. Its the Mecca of football and on everyones bucket list to see a game just like Wrigley, Fenway, and Madison Square Garden. Just jealous trolls.

  37. Basically, he can’t move effectively. It’s permanent damage. Just rest him as the backup. It’s too easy to sack the guy because he is a cement statue in the pocket.

    And Bradford could throw a great ball. tired of these packer fans setting a false narrative about him. Nobody is saying Bradford was Rodgers, but Bradford could sling it when he was healthy…but that’s the problem.

    I know packer fans take pleasure in other teams’ player injuries and they think it’s fun to degrade players with injuries, but, someday, packer fans will have to experience QB injuries themselves. Their unprecedented lucky streak will come to an end. sure will be interesting to see how they will handle actual adversity.

  38. I recognize there won’t be a whole lot of compassion for Bradford amongst the internet tough guys here but speaking as a guy who played with a deep bone bruise on his sternum at MLB for half a season, I’ll vouch for the freegin’ agony in just touching it, much less hitting someone.

    I feel for the guy. It hurt just watching him try to go.

    Go Pack.

  39. stellarperformance says:
    October 10, 2017 at 5:56 pm
    ldbeachtecorion61 says:
    October 10, 2017 at 5:50 pm
    I like the Packers team, it is just the knuckle dragging Packer Fans I hate, that and that Outhouse they play in! I have never seen so many home team fans puking on their shoes Drunk as Hell and picking fights my last game time there. Sure glad my tickets were free, Id never pay to walk into that Cesspool.
    ///////////////////////////////

    . Plus, they are the all-time most-often arrested visiting fans at lambeau

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    Talk about fake news. Can You produce the Brown county police arrest record to back up your fake claim?

  40. Of coarse Stella can produce proof. He just spouts off idiotic nonsense. When he asks for proof and you post it then he wants a video or something.

    A shining example of why the world hates packer fans.

  41. to everybody that said what about the MNF game, that proves he is great. that is his M.O.
    look good one game and the be hurt for awhile, then get a pass for the first few games he is back because of his injury. has he ever played an entire season???

  42. Sam Bradford has a whole career of being soft to point to it’s not just this particular injury. He’s just a soft millionaire. Got paid right out of the gate and never played for money or fame because he was one of the last guys to get paid on the old system as the number one pick in the draft.

    He got paid more as a rookie than anybody else on that team and it’s just been crap ever since.

  43. Whoever said Bradford should get his medical advice somewhere else besides the Vikings is right on.

    Bradford was playing lights out game one. Now they are saying it wasn’t a a deep knee bruise but “wear and tear” on the knee ?

    Some needs to tell us what’s really going on.

  44. How could it be a new injury, he never got hit? He simply fell down when anyone got near him.

    And they spent a 1st rounder for that? Yet another in a long line of MN 1st round busts.

  45. I always laugh at the folks that say the Vikings gave up too much for Bradford. If you were a GM, and the choices were:

    – Start, and for all you know, complete your season with Sean Hill under center
    – Trade a 1st and a 4th for a much younger QB that has accomplished more than Sean Hill ever has, or will

    Which would you go with? And don’t answer that you would have traded for Bradford, but given up less, that is revisionist history. Let’s face it, 1st round draft choices are no sure thing, no matter which team we are talking about; and 4th rounders, even less. If I’m a GM, whose very job relies on being competitive, I’m making that trade every day of the week. A year of Sean Hill is throwing in the towel before the season even starts.

  46. I’ve never seen a professional football player with the look I saw on Bradfords face during that game. He was a whipped puppy and just wanted to go home. No offense, just saying. Sam listen to a previous poster, take your money and take care of your health.

  47. I always laugh at the folks that say the Vikings gave up too much for Bradford. If you were a GM, and the choices were:

    – Start, and for all you know, complete your season with Sean Hill under center
    – Trade a 1st and a 4th for a much younger QB that has accomplished more than Sean Hill ever has, or will

    Or, option C. Draft Dak Prescott instead of Willie (Leave it to) Beavers.

  48. “Chicken legs usually don’t work out in the NFL. I’m not shocked that he’s having knee problems after repeatedly getting hit by 300 pound linemen.”

    I think has less to do with this and more to do with having destroyed his knee in the first place. Once it’s wrecked, it’s never the same.

    I hope Teddy’s not listening.

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