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Vikings plan for Sam Bradford to return to practice next week

By Judd Zulgad

Sam Bradford’s days as the Vikings’ starting quarterback might be over, but the veteran’s season might not be done just yet.

Vikings coach Mike Zimmer said Wednesday that he expects Bradford will be able to start taking part in practice next week as the Vikings prepare for the postseason.

“Not this week, I don’t believe,” Zimmer told reporters. “We’ll see when we practice. I mean all I have done is talk to him. I haven’t watched him workout or do any of those things, but I think we’ll get him back practicing next week.”

Bradford last played in the Vikings’ 20-17 victory in Chicago on Oct. 9. He started that game but was hobbled by the knee injury that forced him from the field following the Vikings’ season-opening victory against New Orleans. Case Keenum replaced Bradford late in the opening half against the Bears.

Bradford underwent surgery on his left knee to have it cleaned out in early November and was placed on injured reserve. The 30-year-old had twice previously had surgery to repair torn ACLs in the same knee in 2013 and 2014. ESPN reported the procedure included removing several loose particles from Bradford’s knee.

The Vikings replaced Bradford on the roster in November by activating quarterback Teddy Bridgewater from the physically-unable-to-perform list after he had spent more than a year recovering from a knee injury.

Bridgewater has served as Case Keenum’s backup since returning and Bradford likely would be the No. 3 quarterback in the playoffs, if he’s activated. It’s not a given that will happen. The Vikings third quarterback right now is Kyle Sloter, who was signed after spending training camp with Denver.

Keenum has been the Vikings’ starting quarterback in all but one game since Week 2, but there was speculation earlier this season that Zimmer might be tempted to give the job to Bridgewater when he returned. Zimmer did nothing to end that speculation for several weeks, although it eventually became clear Keenum was going to keep his job.

So when did Zimmer begin to feel comfortable with Keenum as his starter? “I mean, how many games has he played?” Zimmer said. “Maybe four or five games ago, I’d say. You know, he’s played well.”

The post Vikings plan for Sam Bradford to return to practice next week appeared first on 1500 ESPN Twin Cities.

Source:: 1500 ESPN Sportswire

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