Vikings activate Sam Bradford to 53-man roster

Ruben Hill
January 14, 2018

The Vikings haven't dressed three quarterbacks for a game since November 7, 2013, when Leslie Frazier was the coach and Christian Ponder, Matt Cassel and Josh Freeman all were active against Washington.

Bradford has played in one full game this season when he torched the New Orleans Saints in Week 1 for 346 passing yards and three touchdowns. Bridgewater's only action since suffering a torn left ACL in August 2016 has been two series in the fourth quarter of a 34-7 win over Cincinnati on December 17.

Minnesota Vikings quarterback Sam Bradford is back on the 53-man roster ahead of Sunday's National Football League division round playoff against the New Orleans Saints.

Minnesota Vikings quarterback Case Keenum had a career season in 2017, taking over the starting quarterback spot after beginning the season as a backup.

"Neither one of them has played much football, " Theismann said.

The Star Tribune has reported that Bridgewater is expected to be the backup, though.

Bradford's activation does not guarantee he will be among the 46 active players Sunday, and it's unclear whether Bridgewater will continue to back up Keenum as he has been doing since Week 10 or whether the Vikings will turn to Bradford now that he is back on the active roster. The team also have reinforcements in quarterbacks Teddy Bridgewater and Kyle Sloter. He injured his left knee in that game, and was out until returning October 9 at Chicago.

Bradford underwent arthroscopic surgery on his left knee before being placed on injured reserve on November 8.

The Vikings waived tight end Kyle Carter on Saturday to make room for Bradford, who last played at Chicago on October 9 and returned to practice last week after recovering from a left knee injury. When asked to assess Bradford's progress, Zimmer said, "It's kind of hard to judge with five practices". They've been mixing him in and getting him some reps here and there. There's not anything noticeable there.

Other reports by Click Lancashire

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