Report: Sam Bradford had knee surgery Tuesday as team mulls IR decision

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Vikings quarterback Sam Bradford has played just one half of football since injuring his left knee in Minnesota’s season opener against the New Orleans Saints.

Seven weeks have elapsed since with the knee continuing to be a significant issue for Bradford, so much so that he had arthroscopic surgery on Tuesday to address it. According to Chris Mortensen of ESPN.com, Bradford had a “clean up” procedure on his knee done by renowned orthopedic surgeon Dr. James Andrews.

The surgery addressed a bone spur, loose particles and cartilage issues in the knee.

With Teddy Bridgewater set to return to the roster, the Vikings are considering putting Bradford on injured reserve. The move would clear the necessary space needed for Bridgewater’s return, but would also force Bradford to miss at least eight weeks.

Bradford was terrific in the opener against New Orleans, completing 27 of 32 passes for 346 yards and three touchdowns.

44 responses to “Report: Sam Bradford had knee surgery Tuesday as team mulls IR decision

  1. Minnesota is a super bowl team with Bradford. I think he should just retire. There are a lot of QBs in this next draft. The best ones often slip down. Derek Carr, Russell Wilson, Dak Prescott. You don’t have to have a real high pick if you have good scouts.

  2. Sammy is done as a Viking. Whew… great guy, good arm. And pretty darn accurate. Just not a winning QB for the NFL.

  3. Well…Sam is out in my opinion. Of our 3 starters I feel like he was the best of the bunch. Now it’s Case and Teddy so ride Case until there’s a good reason to put Teddy in. This team is good enough to withstand a little drama at the QB position. Case with this squad is adequate but if he falters hopefully Teddy can live up to his billing. But that DEFENSE tho!!

  4. Sucks about Bradford. Can’t seem to stay healthy and that knee seems doomed. Very solid QB when on the field. Hopefully Teddy can stay healthy. Vikings are a good team.

  5. As a Vikings fan, I’m really frustrated. WHY didn’t Sam have the scope done Week 2? He’d be back playing now, if he had. It was a really bad decision in my mind.

  6. Should I Be Offended by Redskins? says:

    How does Colin Kaepernick not have a job by now? Seriously.
    ^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^

    I realize you are being serious.

    But, seriously, you are banging the drum on the wrong story here. Kaepernick is not better than Keenum or Bridgewater. Not even close.

    Go onto a story about the Packers if you want to bang that drum. There are several current stories about their piss poor QB play.

    It’ll piss the Packer fans off even more than they already are – but only because they know that their current QB situation is a real hot mess and Kaepernick might actually improve things.

    Not enough to really turn things around, but they might not lose every game for the rest of the season.

  7. I will ALWAYS think of Sam Bradford as ‘THE GUY” that was the straw that broke the camels back in reagrds to rookie deals. He was the LAST player that cleaned up with a monster rookie contract….on top of that the Eagles & Vikings threw millions at him. He’s made over 120 million in his injury-plaqued carreer. I just wonder how great he could have been if was never injured?

  8. He lost a lot of money by not doing this right away. He could have done this after week 2 and been back by week 6 ready to go. Now he’s done for the year if they put him on IR and no team is going to give anything more than a one year prove it deal with little to no guaranteed money.

  9. If the Vikes plan to carry 3 QB’s and Doc says Sam will feel great in 4 weeks I would activate Teddy, keep Sam active and drop the project Sloter from active roster. Does anyone really want to see a rookie project take the field in the case of injuries to Case and an ineffective or injured Teddy? Heck no!! If the surgeon says Sam will feel 100% better, I’d take his word for it. QB projects can be found next year in the draft. This D is built to win now, don’t waste another year. Sam is the absolute best hope when healthy, Case #2 and Teddy an emergency. What say you Dr. Andrews?

  10. Ponytail Girl says:
    November 8, 2017 at 7:23 am
    As a Vikings fan, I’m really frustrated. WHY didn’t Sam have the scope done Week 2? He’d be back playing now, if he had. It was a really bad decision in my mind.

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    In week 2 it wasn’t a guarantee that Teddy was every gong to be healthy enough to come of the PUP. The advice Sam was getting was rest will help it heal. Scope would have put him on the shelf for 3-4 weeks minimum. My best guess is that was a risk neither side wanted to take in the event that a) Teddy didn’t continue to progress b) something happened to Case. Seems like a lot of consternation over the QB position when this team is built around the D. I think as fans we need take the advice of our metal plate collar-boned foe to the east and R-E-L-A-X, let the people who’s livelihood depends on making these decision make the call on the QB’s, and enjoy the heck out of watching this D, because it is a SPECIAL one!

  11. I don’t think Vikings management screwed this up. It’s simple really: Bradford was (if healthy) a guy that could get this team with its D into the postseason. Coming off the 11-5 year in 2015 the team was legitimately looking at another 11-5 (or better) record without needing to pay many of its core D players yet. Bradford was always going to be a 2-year Viking. Next spring they would’ve been drafting a QB relatively early in the draft even if Bridgewater had come back. Spielman overpaid for Bradford on the trade because they wanted to go all in. Bradford’s knee issues this year is just confirmation for Vikings management that he was only going to be a 2-year guy. They lost some picks, oh well. Had the O-line been healthy and half functional last year, we would’ve been in the playoffs and everyone would’ve forgotten about the draft picks to get there.

  12. jonathankrobinson424 says:
    November 8, 2017 at 7:44 am
    I will ALWAYS think of Sam Bradford as ‘THE GUY” that was the straw that broke the camels back in reagrds to rookie deals. He was the LAST player that cleaned up with a monster rookie contract….on top of that the Eagles & Vikings threw millions at him. He’s made over 120 million in his injury-plaqued carreer. I just wonder how great he could have been if was never injured?
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    It was actually Jamarcus Russel that was the “Poster Child” for the rookie wage scale. He got the money for the #1 overall pick then became lazy. Showed up to camp out of shape and overweight every year. Never cared to study the play book then was out of the league in 3 years. No one questions Bradfords commitment or work ethic. He just has bad luck with injuries.

  13. @booth review…From a W.B. Yeats poem …”Life is a long time preparation for something that never happens.” Something like being a Vikings fan?

  14. Minnesota is a super bowl team with Bradford. I think he should just retire. There are a lot of QBs in this next draft. The best ones often slip down. Derek Carr, Russell Wilson, Dak Prescott. You don’t have to have a real high pick if you have good scouts.

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    After the last 20 years, do you feel we have good QB scouts?

    Just sayin’

  15. Keep in mind, draft picks are often crap shoots anyway. Laquon Treadwell was a #1 pick and he’s pretty much a “bust”. Meanwhile, undrafted Adam Thielen is one of the best young WR’s in football. And don’t forget, the Vikings got Dalvin Cook (a first round talent) in round 2 and he looks like he could be a franchise back for many years.

  16. sadviking says:
    November 8, 2017 at 10:38 am
    Minnesota is a super bowl team with Bradford. I think he should just retire. There are a lot of QBs in this next draft. The best ones often slip down. Derek Carr, Russell Wilson, Dak Prescott. You don’t have to have a real high pick if you have good scouts.

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    After the last 20 years, do you feel we have good QB scouts?

    Just sayin’

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    Fair point, however if you look at every teams drafting of QB’s teams miss more than they hit. Heck the GOAT was a 6th round pick, just tells you that evaluating that position isn’t an exact science. In addition QB’s who are able to come in and sit (behind a good qb) a couple years seem to have greater success. Then there is the injury/health issue, many who looked like they may have what it takes but their career’s are cut way to short because of injury. That is why I chuckle every time I hear a cheeser fan brag about how good their team is at “developing QB’s”. They have been very lucky to have 1/4 decade of great play and health at the position, we will soon see if their claims of development and being great in the draft are true.

  17. jonathankrobinson424 says:
    November 8, 2017 at 7:44 am
    I will ALWAYS think of Sam Bradford as ‘THE GUY” that was the straw that broke the camels back in reagrds to rookie deals. He was the LAST player that cleaned up with a monster rookie contract….on top of that the Eagles & Vikings threw millions at him. He’s made over 120 million in his injury-plaqued carreer. I just wonder how great he could have been if was never injured?
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    Sammy the magician. Only position in sports besides Center in basketball where a guy can be obviously broken yet continually have money thrown at him… someone literally wrote up above….’shut him down’ as if starting fresh with rest will matter in another year. Groundhog Day with this guy, and fans just keep going through the same thing.

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