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Sam Bradford Has No Structural Damage In His Knee

NFL: San Francisco 49ers at Minnesota Vikings Brace Hemmelgarn-USA TODAY Sports

For the first time since. . .well, maybe ever. . .Doctor James Andrews has given a player good news about a knee injury.

Tom Pelissero. . .a close, personal friend of The Daily Norseman™. . .is reporting that a second examination of Sam Bradford’s knee by Doctor Andrews confirmed that Bradford has no structural damage in his left knee. Andrews performed both of the ACL reconstructions that Bradford has had in that knee, so this is probably a good sign.

The Vikings’ initial suspicions were confirmed: Bradford has a bone bruise in his left knee, and the only thing that is going to heal it is rest. So, the Vikings are going to have Case Keenum behind center for at least this week’s game against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, and it’s possible that he might be there for a few games beyond that as well. It’s all going to depend on how Bradford’s knee responds to rest and/or whatever treatments the Vikings’ medical staff will perform on it.

Bradford didn’t experience any setbacks this week, as we reported earlier, but he didn’t make enough progress to be out there for this week’s game.

So, it appears that the Vikings have avoided the worst possible outcome as far as Bradford’s knee. Now we just have to wait and see when he’ll finally be back.