Just because the Minnesota Vikings’ quarterback situation hasn’t had enough twists and turns this season, Friday has given us another one.
This all started with a tweet from Ben Volin of the Boston Globe during the morning.
Here's an interesting one -- league source says Vikings plan to dress Sam Bradford on Sunday vs. Saints. He hasn't suited up since Week 5 with a knee injury. Unclear if Teddy Bridgewater will also dress.— Ben Volin (@BenVolin) January 12, 2018
As we all saw, Sam Bradford obliterated the New Orleans Saints’ defense when the Vikings and Saints got together in Week 1, throwing for nearly 350 yards and connecting for three touchdowns. However, he somehow hurt his knee during the game (which is still a mystery given that he only got hit twice all night), and has only played two quarters of (relatively bad) football since then.
Bradford had surgery on his knee a couple of days before the Vikings activated Teddy Bridgewater from the Physically Unable to Perform list, and the team placed Bradford on IR to make room for Bridgewater on the roster. Because of the timing, the Vikings could activate Bradford for the postseason if they felt the desire to.
But will they? Well, when asked about it on Friday, Vikings’ head coach Mike Zimmer responded to the rumor like this:
I don’t know how the Boston Globe would know, because I haven’t made any decisions yet.
Zimmer also said during the press conference that Bradford only has five practices under his belt since he came back, and that “he’s got a way to go still.”
Based on Zimmer’s response, it seems like a long shot that Bradford would be active on Sunday. This Sunday will mark Zimmer’s 65th game as the head coach of the Minnesota Vikings, and in the previous 64, the Vikings have never had three quarterbacks active on game day. If the Vikings did decide to activate Bradford, they would have to make some sort of move to accommodate him, as well as figure out whether they wanted to carry four quarterbacks on the roster (including rookie Kyle Sloter).
I don’t think we’re going to see Sam Bradford in uniform on Sunday, but stranger things have happened, I suppose.