Minnesota Vikings‘ QB Sam Bradford will miss another game due to his knee injury. Bradford suffered the injury during the Vikings’ Week 1 win against the New Orleans Saints and was made inactive for Week 2 game against the Pittsburgh Steelers. The injury was described as non-contact and Minnesota Vikings coach Mike Zimmer said it won’t require a surgery. Bradford participated in the limited practice on Wednesday and Thursday, but his left knee didn’t respond that well and he wasn’t present at the Friday’s practice. During his media after Friday’s practice, Zimmer confirmed that Bradford is ruled out for the Week 3 game against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.
Coach Zimmer says Sam Bradford has been ruled out for #TBvsMIN.
— Minnesota Vikings (@Vikings) September 22, 2017
“I felt it when it happened,” Bradford said about the injury. “I honestly didn’t think it was that big of a deal, and then the longer the game went on, it started to feel just a little bit worse and a little worse. Woke up Tuesday, and it just didn’t feel very good.” He also added that he’s not sure if he ever dealt with this particular issue before. Bradford has two left knee injuries so far, tearing his ACL in 2013 and 2014.
With Sam Bradford out, it is expected that Case Keenum starts at QB. Keenum filled in for Bradford against the Steelers as well, but he struggled finishing the game with 20 of 37 pass attempts for 167 yards. Despite his bad performance, Keenum said he will be prepared if his services are required:
“I’m ready for whatever. I don’t think anything in this league surprises me anymore, even though there are some surprising things that always happen. I’ll be ready for anything.“
Case Keenum signed 1 year, $2 million deal with the Vikings in March 2017 after his second stint with the St. Louis / Los Angeles Rams. Keenum started the 2016 season as a starter for the Rams but was benched for Jared Goff during the season.