Vikings take Bradford off IR for playoffs; 4th QB on roster

Aubrey Yates
January 14, 2018

The Minnesota Vikings activated quarterback Sam Bradford off injured reserve, the team announced on Saturday.

Despite Bradford being removed from injured reserve, the Star Tribune is reporting that Teddy Bridgewater will still be the number two quarterback behind Case Keenum on Sunday.

Mike Zimmer's squad is no stranger to accomplishing the impossible in 2017, either. Bradford also started Minnesota's fifth game of the season against Chicago, but exited after completing just 5 of 11 passes for 36 yards while being sacked four times. But now the question is who will back Keenum up. But he did point to Bradford having thrown for 346 yards in a 29-19 win over New Orleans in the September 11 opener and te quarterback at least having played more this season than Bridgewater.

Carter was activated from the practice squad on December 15 and appeared in three games. Bridgewater's only action since suffering a torn left ACL in August 2016 has been two series in the fourth quarter of a 34-7 win over Cincinnati on December 17.

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The Star Tribune has reported that Bridgewater is expected to be the backup, though. This would indicate that Bradford would likely be the next man up if something were to happen to Keenum during Minnesota's matchup against the Saints. He injured his left knee in that game, and was out until returning October 9 at Chicago. Bradford was back for the Bears game, but hobbled around in the first half before being pulled for Keenum.

Bradford underwent arthroscopic surgery on his left knee before being placed on injured reserve on November 8.

Bradford has participated in five practices since returning January 2. There's not anything noticeable there. Early-season injuries to Sam Bradford and Dalvin Cook, the two most important pieces of a promising offense, didn't stop the Vikings from running away with the NFC North title.

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