Vikings QB Sam Bradford may end up on IR once Teddy Bridgewater is activated
The Minnesota Vikings are currently sitting comfortably atop the NFC North division standings with a record of 6-2. Mike Zimmer’s squad appears to be playoff bound with his team getting it done on both sides of the football this season, but their continued success might not include quarterback Sam Bradford.
The 29-year-old quarterback out of Oklahoma has been plagued with injuries once again. Bradford has played in only two games this season with one of them cut short due to a persistent knee issue flaring up.
As the Vikings pass the halfway point in the 2017 NFL campaign, the team is seriously considering shutting down Bradford by playing him on the injured reserve list while activating Teddy Bridgewater, according to ESPN’s Chris Mortensen.
Teddy Bridgewater will be activated to @Vikings 53-man roster and team is discussing whether Sam Bradford goes to IR, per team sources.
— Chris Mortensen (@mortreport) November 7, 2017
In the season-opening win over the New Orleans Saints, Bradford played brilliantly as he led the team to a 29-19 victory over Drew Brees and company with 346 yards, three touchdowns, and no interceptions. Bradford showed no signs of a knee issue, but it came to light once Week 1 was in the books.
Since Bradford has been on the shelf in Minnesota, the Vikings have turned to well-traveled backup, Case Keenum. The former Los Angeles Rams quarterback has played well in place of the injured Bradford throwing for 1,610 yards, seven touchdowns, and three interceptions while leading the franchise to their impressive 6-2 record.
As for Bridgewater, the former first-round draft pick has yet to play a down since Jan. 10, 2016 in a playoff loss to the Seattle Seahawks. Bridgewater dislocated his knee while also tearing his ACL before the start of last season and as a result missed the entire 2016 campaign and the majority of 2017 thus far.