Minnesota Vikings activate Sam Bradford from IR, so now what?

Annette Crawford
January 14, 2018

The Vikings activated Bradford from injured reserve on Saturday, adding him to their 53-man roster a day before their NFC divisional playoff game with the 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. Tight end Kyle Carter was waived Saturday to make room for Bradford.

During Bradford's absence, Teddy Bridgewater was activated for the first time in 15 months and has served as Keenum's backup.

If this is true, it's possible that Bradford could suit up as the team's third-string option against New Orleans, but Minnesota has not had three quarterbacks active for a single game since Leslie Frazier was the team's coach in 2013. He returned to practice last week, but coach Mike Zimmer said Friday he hadn't made a decision about whether to add Bradford to the active roster, while refuting a Boston Globe report that the Vikings would bring Bradford back.

Keenum went 11-3 as a starter and played in one other game, completing 67.6 percent of his passes for 3,547 yards and 22 touchdowns with seven interceptions.

Bridgewater on Friday wouldn't reveal who Sunday's backup will be. 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.

Bradford, Bridgewater and Case Keenum are all scheduled to become free agents after the season, and Bradford's return to health during the playoffs could help his case if he hits the open market in March.

Bradford started in Week 5 at Chicago, but left just before halftime.

Bradford has participated in five practices since returning January 2. Keenum led three second-half scoring drives in relief of Bradford as the Vikings beat the Bears 20-17.

"He's been doing great", Sloter said Friday. "He looks like the old Sam Bradford".

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