Vikings could place Sam Bradford on Injured Reserve

With news that Bradford on Tuesday sought the expertise of Dr. James Andrews - which he already saw for his troublesome left knee in late September - it is obvious his knee issues are not behind him despite a month of rest since his last attempt to play and the use of special injections.

Minnesota has officially activated Teddy Bridgewater and placed Sam Bradford on injured reserve, the team announced Wednesday.

Since then, Bradford has been inactive for three straight games and much unknown still remains when it comes to how severe the quarterback's knee injury actually is. When he returns to the roster, it will be initially as a backup to Case Keenum, who is 4-2 as a starter in relief of Bradford.

Bridgewater has hasn't played since suffering a torn left ACL in August 2016.

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Bridgewater practiced with the team on October 18 for the first time since his injury.

Week 5 against the Chicago Bears is the last time quarterback Sam Bradford played in a game for the Minnesota Vikings.

Bradford, acquired in a trade with the Philadelphia Eagles after Bridgewater's injury past year, has been battling an ailing knee since leading the Vikings to a 29-19 win over the New Orleans Saints in the 2017 opener.

In Sloter's case, it would have been hard for the Vikings to sneak him through the waiver wire and sign him to the practice squad before a quarterback-needy team scooped up the rookie's talents. He turns 30 on November 8, and will become an unrestricted free agent after the season. He was a Pro Bowl selection in 2015 when he passed for 3,231 yards and 14 touchdowns against nine interceptions.

  • Lawrence Cooper