Report: Vikings will have Sam Bradford active Sunday

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The Vikings plan to dress Sam Bradford on Sunday, via Ben Volin of the Boston Globe. It is unknown whether they also will make Teddy Bridgewater active, and the Vikings backup quarterback isn’t giving anything away, if he knows.

“I don’t know. So I’ll just leave it at that,” Bridgewater said Friday, via Chris Tomasson of the Pioneer Press. “I’m just not talking about it. Some things you don’t talk about. You don’t want to give away any tendencies to our opponents.”

Bridgewater has served as Case Keenum’s backup since Week 10 when the Vikings activated him from the physically unable to perform list and placed Bradford on injured reserve. But Bradford’s return to practice signaled a return to the 53-player roster for the postseason.

Bradford has not suited up since Week 5 against the Bears, but he opened the season by passing for 346 yards and three touchdowns in a victory over the Saints.

Bridgewater played in only one game this season — nine snaps — after missing the 2016 season. So the Vikings may feel more comfortable with Bradford if the need arises to play the backup since he had success earlier this season against the Saints and is more experienced.

But Bridgewater said he is healthy and ready to play if called upon.

“I’m feeling great. Yeah, I’m definitely 100 percent,” Bridgewater said.

27 responses to “Report: Vikings will have Sam Bradford active Sunday

  1. This is not a shocker. Bradford has been back in the building for weeks Zimmer said he would be practicing last week. If he can go he will back up Case. Sam is a better
    QB than Teddy.

  2. Bradford only played one game and had more home TDs and possible yardage than Hundley. LOL. Good to have a solid option if Case goes down. If Brees went down, the Saints 30% chance to win the game (538 projection) goes down to 0. SKOL! 31-17 VIKINGS

  3. Sorry, Teddy but if things go south or case gets hurt you have to play Bradford. Teddy has not seen live bullets for two years and the 4 passes we did see show he needs live reps. If Viking fans see Teddy on Sunday,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,back up the hearse.

  4. Let’s hope this isn’t an issue. However, the QB left out of the first backup position in the playoffs certainly will be an indication of which player is not in the picture next year. And I love the cheeser calling the Sporting News GM of the year (with a playoff team and actual All-Pro players) “Slick Rick” during the time frame his team’s behind the times draft/develop GM was forced to ride off into to the advisory role sunset.

  5. If I’m Zimmer, I have all 3 QBs active this Sunday. As has been discussed to death and back, both teams are completely different than they were in ’09, but… IF the Saints go after Keenum like they did Favre in ’09, I don’t think Keenum gets through that kind of beating. Nobody does; Favre may actually be a robot in that regard.

    Then, IF Keenum (my most durable guy) goes out injured, Bradford has shown over his career that he’s not too durable; and as for Teddy, we have no idea. It was a freak injury to Teddy but is that knee less durable now than it was before the injury? Or does he possibly have congenitally slightly weaker knees than other pro athletes? (See Rickie Weeks’ wrists for the Brewers- derailed his entire career).

    I’m not saying two of them will get knocked out. I’m not wishing two of them will get knocked out. I’m just saying if I’m Zimmer, that little thought is nagging at the back of my mind and I want all 3 guys dressed and ready to go, just in case.

  6. zerotrophiessince1961 says:
    January 12, 2018 at 3:03 pm
    So after the purple lose on Sunday, what terrible option does Slick Rick choose regarding his 3 unsigned QBs?
    ——————————————————
    Because of a total lack of vision and foresight, Spieldope will lose out on his top two QBs and be forced to sign Bridgewater.
    Damaged goods who has already shown to lack a starter’s skill set.

    Or else, he’ll have to dig out his abacus again to figure out just how many draft picks they’ll have to part with for another 2 year band-aid.
    Excuse me, 1 year band-aid and some change.

  7. Sam lit them up once already so why not have him in the bullpen if needed. Don’t sell me on this is a different Saints def backfield. They got torched last week by Arena League WR’s and a hobbling Greg Olsen. Jameis the week before that…..

  8. Injuries aside, Bradford is the best of the 3 Qb’s. Zimmer likes to play games with the Qb’s minds and his lack of respect for Keenum will cause Keenum to sign elsewhere after this season. If Bradford were smart, he would pick his own team and the Viking fans will get what they want, Teddy as their QB, all 14 TD’s worth.

  9. The Almighty Cabbage says:
    January 12, 2018 at 3:36 pm
    If I’m Zimmer, I have all 3 QBs active this Sunday. As has been discussed to death and back, both teams are completely different than they were in ’09, but… IF the Saints go after Keenum like they did Favre in ’09, I don’t think Keenum gets through that kind of beating. Nobody does; Favre may actually be a robot in that regard.
    Then, IF Keenum (my most durable guy) goes out injured, Bradford has shown over his career that he’s not too durable; and as for Teddy, we have no idea. It was a freak injury to Teddy but is that knee less durable now than it was before the injury? Or does he possibly have congenitally slightly weaker knees than other pro athletes? (See Rickie Weeks’ wrists for the Brewers- derailed his entire career).
    I’m not saying two of them will get knocked out. I’m not wishing two of them will get knocked out. I’m just saying if I’m Zimmer, that little thought is nagging at the back of my mind and I want all 3 guys dressed and ready to go, just in case.

    Huge Vikes fan, and can’t believe I’m saying this, but I like the Cabbage actually talking football sense. I agree with him.
    Rather than constant Packer trolls stuff like the other boring guys have. Cabbage
    obviously just likes football. Good deal.

  10. SB will play when CK struggles (ala Alabama) and make the Vikings SB bound
    Last second Field goal wins this time out (no bad weather to blame this time around)

  11. whatjusthapped says:
    January 12, 2018 at 3:43 pm
    Injuries aside, Bradford is the best of the 3 Qb’s. Zimmer likes to play games with the Qb’s minds and his lack of respect for Keenum will cause Keenum to sign elsewhere after this season. If Bradford were smart, he would pick his own team and the Viking fans will get what they want, Teddy as their QB, all 14 TD’s worth

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    Whatever

  12. Bradford’s major knee injuries occurred before he was in Minnesota. He took a beating last year behind the equivalent of a high school O-line and played the whole season. The injury this year was evidently due to issues relating to the previous knee injuries, not a new injury.
    Of the three, I think he’s the most skilled. Keenum is the most durable so far, but all it takes is one play for anyone to go down. Bridgewater hasn’t really played on almost 2 seasons. Garbage time really isn’t ‘playing’ for a full game.
    Bradford would be the best bet for a back-up the rest of the way. He took all the off-season reps and played lights out the first game. IMO, it’s a no-brainer.

  13. Remember when Bradford worked the Saints over already this year? The ‘Aints. They are who we thought they were. They ain’t no different than they were the first game of the season. This time Keenum gets to make them feel the pain. Drew Brees = Bruised Brees

  14. If Bradford is active, he’s definitely the backup. Why waste a roster spot for a guy who would be third in line? It’s probably the best way to go if he really is healthy because he’s played much more recently than Teddy (not counting the 9 snaps against the Bengals).

  15. Makes perfect sense. If, for some reason, the Vikings fall behind due to Keenum struggling or being injured; Bradford is the better option for mounting a comeback rather than Bridgewater. Everyone loves Teddy, but throws beyond 20 yards have never been his strength, Bradford has much better arm talent.

    I for one am getting pretty tired of hearing about how great the Saints RB’s are. Combined they have rushed for 1,852 yards. The Vikings pair of McKinnon and Murray have rushed for 1,412. The difference is Cook rushed for 354 in the 3 games he played. When you combine them they are less than 90 yards apart. So much for a huge advantage. Nobody talks about the Vikings run game. In week 1 Cook had over 100 yards. Keep sleeping on the Vikings.

  16. Kinda nice to have a surplus of good QBs available – now before the cheeseheads start going off, I’ll point out that none are better than Brady but at least we don’t have just one QB who could start and the rest just “pretenders”.

  17. purpleguy says:
    January 12, 2018 at 3:35 pm

    Let’s hope this isn’t an issue. However, the QB left out of the first backup position in the playoffs certainly will be an indication of which player is not in the picture next year.
    ______

    I disagree with that. Teddy will probably be the third QB this week but he’s the most likely to be on the team next year because he’ll demand the least amount of money. Keenum is in line for a big contract from somebody and Bradford can probably get a pretty big one-year deal to at least compete for a starting position for somebody. I don’t see Sam coming back because you can’t trust those knees.

  18. I can’t believe I’m saying this and I know I’m somewhat contradicting my earlier comment, but I agree with Cabbage that you need to have three QBs active. What if Case gets hurt and Sam looks like he looked in Chicago? You really don’t know what it would take to make that knee go south again. If Teddy isn’t active, you’re running wildcat the rest of the game. That may be fine in the regular season, but this is the playoffs. Take no chances.

    The Saints can get away with having two QBs active because if Brees gets hurt the game is over no matter who comes in. And Brees never gets hurt.

  19. Keenum will play the whole game. No need for any backup, unless the Vikings blow the Saints out and its garbage time.

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