Vikings activate Sam Bradford to 53-man roster

Jose Verdugo
Enero 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.

But Bradford suffered a knee injury during the game that sidelined him for the next three games, which is when the Vikings first turned to Case Keenum.

Corresponding with the move, the Vikings have released 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.

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The Boston Globe had reported Friday that Bradford would be activated and dress out for Sunday's playoff game against New Orleans at U.S. Bank Stadium.

Zimmer said this week that Bradford is working his way back in with the other quarterbacks but "has a ways to go still". The last time they dressed three QBs for a game was on November 7, 2013, while Leslie Frazier was still the head coach for a game against the Washington Redskins. But now the question is who will back Keenum up. Bradford, who had surgeries in 2013 and 2014 to fix a torn left ACL, had arthroscopic surgery November 7 on that knee and was placed on injured reserve the next day. 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.

There seemed to have been a true mental advantage for Keenum, who in addition to practice and game experience, got used to seeing the same plays over and over, knowing what to expect.

"He's getting better, not getting worse, because he's putting more work in and getting more comfortable every week in their system", Belch said. Bradford, who completed 27 of his 32 passes for 346 yards and three touchdowns in the Vikings' season-opening win over New Orleans, twisted his left knee in the game, and missed the team's next three games before making a truncated return on October 9 against the Bears.

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