Sam Bradford aggravated bone bruise against Bears

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Sam Bradford had missed the previous three games due to a bone bruise sustained in Minnesota’s season opener.

Bradford was ineffective in his half of play against the Chicago Bears on Monday night and re-injured his knee before being replaced by Case Keenum for the rest of the game.

He aggravated his injury when he got tackled on one of the plays,” head coach Mike Zimmer said of Bradford, via Courtney Cronin of “I just thought it was best for him that we got him out of there. He didn’t want to come out. He wanted to stay in there and fight but I didn’t want to get him injured anymore.”

Bradford completed just 5 of 11 passes for 36 yards before Keenum replaced him late in the second quarter. Bradford was sacked four times in just 26 total snaps for the Vikings before leaving the game. One of the sacks also went for a safety to give the Bears an early 2-0 lead. The Vikings managed just three first down offensively with Bradford in the game.

Bradford was listed as questionable to play for Minnesota despite practicing throughout the week. It was clear early in the game that he didn’t have anywhere close to his typical mobility and wasn’t able to perform to his usual standard.

Keenum has played well in Bradford’s absence. He completed 17 of 21 passes for 140 yards and a touchdown in his half of work at quarterback for Minnesota.

23 responses to “Sam Bradford aggravated bone bruise against Bears

  1. “He didn’t want to come out”…that’s a bunch of BS. He wanted no part in that game. That was apparent when he started falling over on his own when the o-lineman got anywhere near him.

    Time to shut him down for the year, he’s seeing ghosts.

  2. Bradford was hurting much more than they’re saying. He went down a couple times without even being touched. You can’t play like that. The Vikings are a contender with a healthy Sam Bradford, and they know it. They’re also coming to realize maybe it’s time to draft a QB.

  3. He took at least one sack when the center butted him, Bradford just lied down. Absolutely no mobility, that’s always been his downside.

  4. Whether he is 100% or not, the it’s pretty clear he shouldn’t be starting. The offense seems to move the balls better with Keenum.

    Nothing like burning a 1st round pick to rent a player for 17 or so games

  5. Bone bruises are no joke. Bryce Harper had one, and was out for six weeks. And that’s baseball.

    I understand the pressure to get results, to play, and to earn the contract; however, if you’re only playing at 50%, then you’re a liability.

  6. I don’t see him playing much more this year. He was out for 3 weeks with this bone bruise, and it looks like he needs quite a few more weeks at least. Give the job to Keenum for consistencies sake. IF we can squeak by the Packers next week, we have Ravens at home, then @ Browns and a bye week.

    Packer Fans: I said “IF” Vikings win. I’m not predicting a superbowl victory, nor am I considering next week the “Superbowl.” Also, I’m not predicting Keenum to be a HOF QB, or better than Rodgers.

    Packer fans have a tendency to stand on their “jump to conclusions mat” and derive these ideas out of thin air.

  7. wib22 says:
    October 10, 2017 at 9:32 am
    Vikes shoud’ve traded the whole team for rodgers


    That would be the Vikings trading their whole team for the Packers’ whole team.

  8. That first half was hard to watch.

    At this point, Isn’t the story about whether or not the Vikings would save any money by cutting him now, or letting him walk next Spring at the end of his contract?

  9. For the first time in my 40 years as a Viking fan, I’m doing the math trying to figure out what record will get them what QB in next years draft. Is this how it feels to be a Brown’s fan?

  10. This is exactly what I was worried about when they announced Sam was going to start – that they were rushing him back. Now he’s probably going to be out a few more weeks after re-aggravating his knee injury instead of just keeping him out of that game and allowing him to completely heal. I realize that it was probably Sam’s call, but sometimes you need to save players from themselves. It was clear after the second series that he was no where near healthy enough to be out there. He was over-throwing short throws and under-throwing deep throws – a clear sign that he’s not following through on his passes. Zim left him out there way too long and we basically spotted the Bears one half of offensive football (literally and figuratively)!

  11. For those of you who said he wanted no part of that game, note that he stood on the sideline with his helmet on the whole game ready to go back in if needed. He didn’t want to be on the sideline. I hope this isn’t the end of his career, but it could be the end of this year. I think it’s too bad, I think he still had a lot to give.

  12. Well crap. I was hoping Sam was ready- but also feared it might have ended up making things worse. So now he’ll sit how many more weeks? Just ride Keenum the rest of the season- by the time Bradford is ready to go we’ll be 3/4’s the way though it anyway. Keenum is about as good of a back-up as you can ask for. Maybe he’s just enough with the defense we have. Maybe he goes lights-out thinking he’s a potential starter somewhere next season.

  13. Bradford looked weeks away from being able to start last night. I’m guessing Bridgewater may be ready start before Bradford.

    At this point, Teddy Bridgewater looks like a better bet for the Vikings going beyond 2017. While I hate this for Bradford, you can’t help the team if you can’t play. A long-term contract for Bradford at this point just can’t be justified given his injury-prone nature and history. But for now, Bradford needs to sit until he’s REALLY ready to play again. One of these two will be signed for the long-term, and if Bridgewater proves he’s recovered from that injury, he’s the obvious choice.

  14. filthymcnasty3 says:
    October 10, 2017 at 9:59 am
    Yeah, there’s no way he should be out there trying to play through a bruise.


    This is filthy’s 3rd bruise comment in as many days. He must be tougher than an NFL QB.

  15. gaiussallistius says:
    October 10, 2017 at 9:46 am
    Bone bruises are no joke. Bryce Harper had one, and was out for six weeks. And that’s baseball.

    I understand the pressure to get results, to play, and to earn the contract; however, if you’re only playing at 50%, then you’re a liability.


    If you were going to ask filthymcnasty3, a bone bruise is about as painful as stubbing your toe. He knows toughness.

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