Bradford's back: Vikings reactivate QB from injured reserve

Paola Ditto
Gennaio 14, 2018

The Minnesota Vikings announced they activated quarterback Sam Bradford from injured reserve Saturday ahead of Sunday's NFC divisional playoff game against the New Orleans Saints.

Bradford hasn't played in a game since then, and went on injured reserve November 8 after having his third operation on his left knee the day before.

To create a roster spot for Bradford, the Vikings waived tight end Kyle Carter.

While Bradford was out, Teddy Bridgewater returned from a knee injury that cost him the 2016 season and assumed the backup role behind Keenum.

"I would very surprised if (Zimmer) dresses three quarterbacks for this game, " said Joe Theismann, a longtime National Football League analyst who won a Super Bowl as Washington's starting quarterback in the 1982 season.

The Vikings haven't dressed three quarterbacks for a game since November 7, 2013, when Leslie Frazier was the coach and Christian Ponder, Matt Cassel and Josh Freeman all were active against Washington.

Theismann has no inside knowledge on who might serve as Keenum's backup. He is now set to start his first playoff game of his career with a chance to help guide the Vikings to their first Super Bowl win.

Bradford, who was placed on IR on November 8 with a left knee injury, returned to practice last week and completed his fifth practice Friday.

Then, in a run-of-the-mill training camp practice, Bridgewater dislocated his knee and tore his ACL. "Carson Palmer, Tony Romo, guys [STRIVR has worked with] in veteran systems, they were like, 'Man, I wish I had this when I was a rookie because it took me three years to get comfortable in the offense.' He's had less than one year to learn an entire offense and it's turned out really well". The Vikings were 11-3 in the regular season with Keenum as a starter, and he finished with a 67.6 completion percentage, 3,547 yards, 22 touchdowns, seven interceptions and a passer rating of 98.3.

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