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Sam Bradford Inactive; Case Keenum To Start Against Steelers

The Vikings have deactivated their starter for today’s contest

Minnesota Vikings v Seattle Seahawks Photo by Otto Greule Jr/Getty Images

It’s the question that Minnesota Vikings fans have been waiting for an answer to for the last 48 hours or so, and that question has officially been answered.

The Vikings have deactivated starting quarterback Sam Bradford for Sunday’s game at Heinz Field against the Pittsburgh Steelers, meaning that Case Keenum will serve as the team’s starter with undrafted rookie Kyle Sloter backing him up.

Bradford’s left knee was reportedly sore and swelling after Monday’s victory over the New Orleans Saints, and the team had him go through an MRI earlier in the week. The MRI came back negative, and the Vikings had Bradford test the knee during pre-game workouts today, but they weren’t satisfied with what they saw.

Keenum started nine games in 2016 for the Los Angeles Rams, posting a record of 4-5 in those games. He threw nine touchdown passes along with 11 interceptions, and averaged about 220 yards/game for a Rams’ offense that, to put it charitably, was not very good.

Once again, the Minnesota Vikings have deactivated Sam Bradford and will start Case Keenum this afternoon in Pittsburgh. We will have the full inactive lists for both teams here shortly.