UPDATE: The final injury reports came out about two minutes after I hit “publish” on this one, and Bradford has officially been listed as “Questionable” for this week’s game. Original story is below.
Much like it’s been the past three weeks, the big story for the Minnesota Vikings leading up to their next game is whether or not quarterback Sam Bradford will be available for the purple when they take the field. On Saturday morning, Mike Zimmer had a press conference where he gave us an answer.
That answer is a solid, definitive. . .maybe.
Mike Zimmer didn’t say much about Sam Bradford and if he’s ready to start on Monday. “We’ll see.”— Courtney Cronin (@CourtneyRCronin) October 7, 2017
As Ted posted yesterday about this situation, Bradford is improving and has been listed as a limited participant in practice this week. The team does not have to release their final injury report for Monday night’s contest until later on today, as NFL rules stipulate that teams can wait until 48 hours before game time to do that.
If Bradford can’t go, the Vikings will go with Case Keenum for the fourth consecutive week. Given the state that the playing surface at Soldier Field is generally in, one could make the argument that this isn’t the ideal situation for Bradford to make his return, but surely the Vikings will put him out there if he’s ready to go.
Once the Vikings and Bears release their final injury reports for this week’s game, we will have them here for you. For now, however, we still don’t know what to expect about Sam Bradford.