Vikings' Sam Bradford takes huge hit, leaves game but starts second half

Vikings quarterback Sam Bradford left the game with an apparent injury late in the first half against the Cowboys on Thursday night.

Bradford dropped back to pass with the Vikings down 7-3 when he was hit and spun by Cowboys defensive end DeMarcus Lawrence as he was throwing the football. Defensive tackle Maliek Collins came in with a hit just after Bradford released the football, driving his helmet into Bradford's midsection.

Bradford was helped off the field by trainers and could be seen being examined by the medical staff on the sideline. Backup quarterback Shaun Hill took over for the rest of the drive.

Pass protection has been a problem for the Vikings all season, but they'd done a better job of late as they moved more and more toward quicker passes so Bradford did not have to sit in the pocket for very long. Still, he took a bunch of hits during the first half. The Vikings, however, announced that Bradford will return for the second half.

He took the snap on the opening possession of the second half and completed a pass to Charles Johnson on his first play. Apparently, everything's just alright. To follow along with our GameTracker, click here.

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Jared Dubin is a New York lawyer and writer. He joined CBSSports.com in 2014 and has since spent far too much of his time watching film and working in spreadsheets. Full Bio

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