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Sam Bradford’s Knee Issue Is Nothing New

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Be optimistic he will play Sunday, but don’t be surprised he has knee issues

NFL: Miami Dolphins at Minnesota Vikings Jeffrey Becker-USA TODAY Sports

As you know by now Minnesota Vikings quarterback Sam Bradford is listed as questionable for Sundays game against the Pittsburgh Steelers. Many fans are panicking at the thought of losing Bradford, especially after last week’s incredible performance against the Saints.

But we’re not surprised he is having knee issues, right?

Okay so some of us might be. Or some of us have chosen to look the other way and ignore that this appears to be the same knee that he injured in 2013 and 2014 when he tore his ACL.

We knew it could an issue when he was signed and we even talked about at some length. But we had to play the hand we were dealt and it has been a decent hand given the circumstances. But decent turned to great on Monday night when Bradford had one of his best games and we all jumped for joy that we had a solid quarterback, then this morning’s announcement happened.

Bradford was listed as limited participant and was able to get on the field today and the Vikings are doing everything in their power to assure fans that he will more than likely start this Sunday. Head coach Mike Zimmer was asked if Bradford will start and he said, “I don’t know, we’ll have to see. I anticipate that he will, yes.”

I understand the panic but again we knew this when we signed him. This isn’t some next level knee injury that is going to doom us all. We are dealing with a surgically repaired knee twice over that is going to give you pain once and while. But as we wait with baited breath for the official announcement let’s be optimistic that the biggest issue facing Minnesota this weekend is taking down Big Ben Roethlisberger, stopping wide receiver Antonio Brown or running back Le'Veon Bell and not Bradford’s knee.