Sam Bradford‘s been shelved since an ill-advised return to action in Week 5, but the Vikings’ Week 1 starter the past two seasons will come off IR and return to practice this week, Mike Zimmer said (via Charean Williams of Pro Football Talk).
Once Bradford does practice, the Vikings will have three weeks to activate him. Case Keenum is expected to remain the starter after taking the reins from Bradford and piloting the Vikes to the NFC’s No. 2 seed — Minnesota’s first bye since 2009 — but Bradford returning would obviously supply high-end depth.
Bradford has experienced consistent injury trouble since hurting his knee in Week 1, but the 30-year-old passer told Zimmer his injured left knee feels good after this lengthy rest period. The Vikings could activate Bradford this week, but with no game Sunday, they will surely let him see if he can stay healthy through practices before making a decision down the road.
Teddy Bridgewater and Kyle Sloter are Keenum’s backups. A Bradford return would almost certainly force the team to cut Sloter from the 53-man roster.
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