Bradford did not suffer any structural damage to his injured left knee, and he remains week-to-week after a second opinion from Dr. James Andrews confirmed the injury is a bone bruise, NFL.com reports.
Bradford was able to participate in limited practices Wednesday and Thursday, though he wasn't close to getting himself ready for Sunday's game against the Buccaneers, which means Case Keenum will start again. It's certainly good news that Bradford didn't suffer a more serious injury, though he also doesn't appear to be that close to returning.
Per ESPN.com, Bradford's injured knee didn't respond well to limited practice sessions Wednesday and Thursday. He was dealing with pronounced pain Friday morning, and he's now scheduled to get a second opinion from Dr. James Andrews, who performed ACL repairs on the same left knee in 2013 and 2014. The injury is thought to be a bone bruise, but there's been some trouble diagnosing it due to the scar tissue built up around Bradford's ACL. Stefon Diggs, Adam Thielen and Kyle Rudolph all need to be significantly downgraded with Case Keenum under center, and Bradford's absence is also a sub-optimal development for Dalvin Cook.
Bradford (knee) is not expected to play Sunday against the Buccaneers, ESPN.com's Dan Graziano reports.
Bradford's absence from the start of Friday's practice initially didn't seem too concerning, but it apparently was a direct result of his knee responding poorly to limited sessions Wednesday and Thursday. Hampered by what is believed to be a bone bruise, the 29-year-old quarterback is shaping up as no better than a game-day decision for Week 3. Another update will be available when the Vikings release their final injury report.
Bradford (knee) isn't on the field for the start of Friday's practice, Chris Tomasson of the St. Paul Pioneer Press reports.
A limited practice participant the previous two days, Bradford seems to be headed for another 'questionable' designation when Friday's injury report is released. His absence from the start of practice doesn't necessarily mean he'll be listed as a non-participant, but it does mean he'll be no better than limited. Though Vikings coach Mike Zimmer has been optimistic about Bradford's health, it's still quite possible Case Keenum makes another start Sunday against Tampa Bay.
The Vikings planned all along to limit Bradford's activity in the team's second practice of the week, but the more important takeaway from Thursday's session was that Zimmer was upbeat about the quarterback's health. Per Tomasson, Zimmer said he feels better Thursday than he did a day earlier about Bradford's chances of suiting up Sunday against the Buccaneers, but the team's final practice of the week Friday should shed more light on the signal caller's status. If Bradford's knee issue -- which is believed to be a bone bruise -- forces him to the sideline for a second straight week, Case Keenum would pick up another start behind center, resulting in a bleaker outlook for the team's receiving corps.
|5||10/9/17||@ CHI||8:30 pm|
|8||10/29/17||@ CLE||9:30 am|
|Bye: Week 9|
|10||11/12/17||@ WAS||1:00 pm|
|12||11/23/17||@ DET||12:30 pm|
|13||12/3/17||@ ATL||1:00 pm|
|14||12/10/17||@ CAR||1:00 pm|
|16||12/23/17||@ GB||8:30 pm|
|Year||Team||G||Fum||Lost||Fum Forced||Own Rec||Opp Rec||Yds||Tot Rec||TD|