Vikings coach Mike Zimmer said Monday that Bradford (knee) is feeling better but won't necessarily be ready to practice Wednesday, Courtney Cronin of ESPN.com reports. Bradford recently traveled to New York for Regenokine blood-spinning treatment, which is expected to take five or six days. Combining that information with a recent report that the quarterback's surgically repaired left knee could eventually lead him to consider an early retirement, it's hard to imagine Bradford returning to practice Wednesday and then starting Sunday's game against the Ravens. He should still be viewed as out indefinitely, but the Vikings do at least have some good news on the quarterback front, with Teddy Bridgewater (knee) set to resume practicing Wednesday. While Case Keenum likely will start at least one more game, the team may soon have other options at quarterback, be it Bridgewater, Bradford or both.
Bradford, who has been ruled out for Sunday's game against the Packers, traveled to New York recently to begin Regenokine treatments to address inflammation in his surgically repaired left knee, Ian Rapoport and Tom Pelissero of NFL.com reports. Per the report, Bradford's treatments involved drawing blood from the quarterback, spinning it down and then reinjecting it into his knee over five or six days. The Vikings are hopeful that the treatments will help remedy the knee joint pain he's experienced since suffering a non-contact bone bruise during the team's Week 1 win over the Saints. Bradford was able to return to the field for Monday's win over the Bears, but was visibly hobbled before aggravating the knee issue and exiting the contest shortly before halftime. Case Keenum will pick up his fourth start of the season in Week 6, but it's tough to project who might be under center for the Vikings in the weeks to come. In addition to Bradford's ongoing efforts to return to the field, Teddy Bridgewater, who has been sidelined since August 2016 following surgery to address a dislocated knee and additional ligament damage, could be cleared to resume practicing during the upcoming week. Once Bridgewater returns to the practice field, the Vikings will have 21 days to decide whether to activate him and bring him aboard the 53-man roster. If Bridgewater performs well during practice, he could challenge either Keenum or Bradford for starting duties.
Bradford (knee) didn't participate in practice Thursday, Chris Tomasson of the St. Paul Pioneer Press reports. The absence marks Bradford's second in a row after aggravating the bone bruise in his left knee Monday in Chicago. In a post-practice media session Thursday, head coach Mike Zimmer wouldn't comment on Bradford's status, lending credence to the fact the quarterback is unlikely to suit up Sunday against the Packers. If Bradford is deemed inactive for the fourth time in five games this weekend, the Vikings will again trust in Case Keenum to direct the offense.
Bradford (knee) wasn't on the field for the beginning of Thursday's practice and wasn't expected to participate in the session, Andrew Krammer of the Minneapolis Star Tribune reports. The Vikings should relay later Thursday if Bradford was involved in practice in any capacity, but if the quarterback was in fact unavailable for the second straight session, his odds of playing Sunday against the Packers would take a hit. Bradford was visibly limited by the knee injury during his return from a three-game hiatus in Monday's win over the Bears, but was pulled just before halftime after aggravating the left knee injury. Case Keenum performed superbly over the final two quarters and looks on track to make his fourth start of the season in Week 6.
Bradford (knee) isn't practicing Wednesday, Chris Tomasson of the St. Paul Pioneer Press reports. Bradford returned from a three-game absence for Monday's 20-17 win over the Bears, only to be removed at halftime after aggravating his knee during a brutal first half in which his sack yards (35) nearly matched his passing yards (36). Although an MRI on Tuesday failed to reveal additional damage, it's clear Bradford's bone bruise is far from being fully healed. He seems like a long shot to play in Sunday's game against the Packers, though Vikings brass has thus far stopped shy of acknowledging as much. Bradford previously admitted that his knee may not get back to 100 percent until the offseason, potentially opening the door for Case Keenum or Teddy Bridgewater (knee) to take over the starting gig for the rest of the year. Bridgewater could resume practicing as soon as next week.
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