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Sam Bradford Getting Alternative Treatments On Ailing Knee

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How bad is it? Depends on who you ask

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On the day when we found out that Teddy Bridgewater’s comeback has reached a positive milestone, we get news that another Minnesota Vikings’ quarterback is at a crossroads as well.

Sam Bradford, who has been battling a mysterious knee ailment since his brilliant Week 1 performance against New Orleans, has spent part of this past week in New York getting a form of alternative treatment for his knee issue.

The treatment is known as Regenokine, and it apparently involves taking the blood out of Bradford’s left knee, “spinning it down” into its “constituent parts,” whatever that means, and injecting it back in over the course of five or six days.

Several well-known athletes have had the treatment before, including former NBA mega-star Kobe Bryant and golfer Fred Couples. Does it work? It depends on who you ask, according to the article from Viking Update.

According to the Seattle Times, while many athletes who have tried it believe it works, one doctor said it is “the worst thing an athlete can do,” claiming it kills the pain but doesn’t solve the underlying issue.

How bad has Bradford’s knee gotten? Well, on the FOX NFL pregame show this week, Jay Glazer said that there were whispers that the injury could be “career-threatening.” Bradford, on the other hand, seems to think he’s going to be able to play again.

The issues with Bradford and the return of Bridgewater both make an already tenuous Vikings quarterback situation even more so. Neither Bradford nor Bridgewater (nor current starter Case Keenum, for that matter) are under contract after this season as things stand right now. Rick Spielman is going to have quite a job on his hands trying to untangle the whole situation.