Vikings quarterback Sam Bradford: 'I"ve been through a lot with this knee'"

Ross Houston
September 21, 2017

Minnesota Vikings quarterback Sam Bradford says his left knee is feeling better this week, raising the possibility he'll return from injury after only a one-game absence. Bradford said Wednesday it was the result of a non-contact injury against the Saints, but didn't say when or how it happened.

As for the trepidation Vikings fans must be having, this is the same knee in which Bradford suffered a grade 3 ACL tear, and missed the last nine games of 2013. Pittsburgh thrashed Minnesota 26-9 with Case Keenum starting in place of Bradford.

Against the Bears, the Bucs were given the gift of four turnovers in their 29-7 season opening victory this past weekend and that could be the case again when the Bucs travel to Minnesota to take on the Vikings on Sunday. He had one of the best games in his career in the Vikings' opener, throwing for 346 yards and three touchdowns against the New Orleans Saints. Bradford said he's done a lot of work to get swelling out/controlled, NFL Network's Tom Peliserro reported. Keenum threw for 167 yards in Sunday's loss and faced consistent pressure from the Steelers' defense.

"I'd like to think my chances to play are good", Bradford said.

He would get an MRI in the week leading up to the Steelers game.

"I anticipate that when he is ready to practice and he is ready to play, that he will play", Zimmer said.

"I've played through quite a few different bumps and bruises with (his left knee)", Bradford said.

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