Vikings expect Sam Bradford to return to practice next week

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Things are far different for the Vikings since Sam Bradford was placed on injured reserve.

Now they’re clearly Case Keenum‘s team, so Bradford can just get in line with the other former first-rounder as a backup.

According to Chris Tomasson of the St. Paul Pioneer Press, Vikings coach Mike Zimmer said he expected Bradford to return to practice next week after missing a couple of months with a knee injury.

He could still be activated for the playoffs, but Zimmer was less certain if that would happen.

Bradford was placed on IR on Nov. 8, the same day they activated Teddy Bridgewater following last year’s knee injury. But while all the speculation then was based on when (not if) Bridgewater would reclaim his old role, Keenum has played well enough to make that conversation moot.

Activating Bradford for the postseason if he’s well would seem to be be an easy call for the Vikings (no offense to third quarterback Kyle Sloter, who is probably offended anyway because that’s how “no offense” works), since there are other NFC teams who don’t have that kind of depth at the position.

32 responses to “Vikings expect Sam Bradford to return to practice next week

  1. nathanp2013 says:

    It looks like Packer fans have something left to look forward to this year… Vikings articles.

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    Vikings fans have the same thing to look forward this year. Some other team winning a title.

  2. When it comes to the playoffs, you can never have too much insurance! When healthy, he’s a great backup plan and far better than Sloter…..

  3. The Vikings are playing well and winning games, yet some of our fans show their inferiority complex by somehow making everything about their hatred of the Packers. Focus on your team. And before the inevitable “but they do it too…” comments, be above it for once. It’s embarrassing.

  4. I’d honestly let Bradford backup Keenum in the playoffs. Love Teddy….but he’s not ready for this stage with such little playing time the past 2 seasons. Case and Sam in the playoffs would be an awesome one-two punch.

  5. I honestly believe that if Bradford could stay healthy, he’d be a top five QB. He’s smart, makes good decisions, has the arm to go deep, has the accuracy. Too bad his body can’t back him up.

  6. screamingyellowzonkers says:
    December 27, 2017 at 2:33 pm
    I think the Vikings should do what the Gumby’s did, just to see if the league office is awake.

    Put Bradford back on IR with no new injury after practice, so the vikes don’t waste a roster spot.
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    I agree. The league wouldn’t have a leg to stand on after letting the Cheeseheads break the IR rule, without consequence. In fact, as far as I can see, any of the 31 teams could do the same, holding Gr Bay up as the example. I’d dare Goodell to make a single stink.

  7. If Case Keenum that played against the Panthers shows up for the playoffs, Zimmer will put Sam Bradford back in.

  8. Bradford also said he felt good before that Bears game. Yaeeessh that was hard to watch. If he plays as well against the Saints in the NFCCG as he did against them week 1 then I’d say roll the dice! Kidding.

  9. It is no coincidence that both Bradford and Keenum played the best football of their careers under the Zimmer-Shurmer Vikings. What great position to be in for Vikes – unlike packers who have 2+ decades with HOF quartrbacks and only 2 titles.

  10. montanapredator says:
    December 27, 2017 at 4:04 pm
    It is no coincidence that both Bradford and Keenum played the best football of their careers under the Zimmer-Shurmer Vikings. What great position to be in for Vikes – unlike packers who have 2+ decades with HOF quartrbacks and only 2 titles.

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    I’m a Viking fan and had to give that a thumbs down. I’d take the titles.

  11. If Bradford is healthy and playing well, he is the number 1. Case has played beyond his abilities all year, but in the playoff’s we need the best of the best, that, unfortunately, is not Case.

  12. So some people are calling for Sam to be the #2 and some are calling for him to be the starter. I guess I’m in the minority, but I don’t trust a guy who hasn’t practiced almost the whole season and the last time he was deemed healthy enough to play looked like he had no ability to complete a pass or avoid a sack. Teddy is the backup to Case and we can activate Sam if somebody gets hurt.

  13. montanapredator says:
    December 27, 2017 at 4:04 pm
    It is no coincidence that both Bradford and Keenum played the best football of their careers under the Zimmer-Shurmer Vikings. What great position to be in for Vikes – unlike packers who have 2+ decades with HOF quartrbacks and only 2 titles.
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    Since the first SuperBowl (1966) the Vikings have had more HOF QB’s under-center than the Packers. Plus, in that same time period and not the same people, the Vikings have had more annually designated Pro-Bowl QB’s under-center than the Packers.

    What’s your excuse for that?

  14. montanapredator says:
    December 27, 2017 at 4:04 pm
    It is no coincidence that both Bradford and Keenum played the best football of their careers under the Zimmer-Shurmer Vikings. What great position to be in for Vikes – unlike packers who have 2+ decades with HOF quartrbacks and only 2 titles.

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    don’t forget the Packers way of finding humorous ways to choke in the playoffs!!!

  15. Don’t worry, the same postseason rules for choking, which Viking fans created for the Packers, will be applied to the Vikings. Qualifying (finally!) for the playoffs is not enough. The Vikings must win the SuperBowl, or it’s a choke.

    I know, I know………it sounds exaggerated, unfair, and prejudicial, but don’t forget……..they’re your rules.

    Good luck. Don’t choke.

  16. Stella you can lose a game in the payoffs and not choke. and you don’t understand the difference. Vikings fans didn’t make up any rules for choking as you suggested here. The packers just do it in the playoffs recently. You had a double digit 19-7 lead with 10 minutes to go in the game. And you lost, the Seahawks needed to recover an onside kick to beat you and Bostic botched it for your team.That is the worse choke job ever in the playoffs. You equate the Vikings getting motorboated by the Giants, eventual SB champs by 41-0 as a choke. Not the same thing, sorry.They were never in that game. When the packers go 15-1 and are the top seed & lose at home in the first playoff game it is a choke. No other team in NFL history has done that. That is a historic choke. Why do you continue to embarrass yourself with trying to shed your choke label in recent playoff games. We understand it isn’t fun but you don’t get to do that easily try as you do.

  17. screamingyellowzonkers says:
    December 27, 2017 at 2:33 pm
    I think the Vikings should do what the Gumby’s did, just to see if the league office is awake.

    Put Bradford back on IR with no new injury after practice, so the vikes don’t waste a roster spot

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    Agree 100%. We are not going to sign Bradford anyways, lets push the envelope and call the league on the rules. Would be great to see the packers lose rodgers on their own incompetence

  18. I get it now. Wide Left #1, Wide Left #2, Favre INT, four (4) SuperBowl losses, 41-0, all just “bad luck.”

    Jealous Viking fans made this postseason rule: “Anything less than winning the SuperBowl after qualifying for and playing in the postseason is a choke……. not all teams………just the Packers.”

    Last year for example, the Packers had no right being in the NFC Championship game. An unbelievable play by Rodgers put them there by beating Dallas. They were on the road, huge underdogs, and got blown out by s much better team (41-0 Giants over Vikings anyone?) I was proud of the effort to get that far, not ashamed! Viking fans wouldn’t let it go. Choke! So, here you go…….your rules.

    Live by the sword, die by the sword. Don’t choke!

  19. Case has earned the starting role. Sam played well when he was healthy, but he hasn’t been healthy since Week 1. Teddy has been practicing most of the year. Therefore:

    1) Case
    2) Teddy
    3) Sam

  20. stellarperformance says:
    December 28, 2017 at 3:18 pm

    Don’t worry, the same postseason rules for choking, which Viking fans created for the Packers, will be applied to the Vikings. Qualifying (finally!) for the playoffs is not enough. The Vikings must win the SuperBowl, or it’s a choke.

    I know, I know………it sounds exaggerated, unfair, and prejudicial, but don’t forget……..they’re your rules.

    Good luck. Don’t choke.

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    You can’t “choke” if no one expected you to go to the playoffs in the first place- or didn’t get all the media Super Bowl hyperbole before the season started… oh yeah- or if your team’s President said you were going to the Super Bowl and it was in a divisional rivals house and could rub it in.

    You understand this- but you chose to twist everything to make it fit your narrative. Your endless lashing out in all the Vikings threads make you look desperate.

    Tell us again how you are so used to winning, winning is just part of who you are and you always expect to win. That at least-should be good for a laugh.

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