Sam Bradford to backup Case Keenum vs. Saints, Teddy Bridgewater inactive

Sam Bradford to backup Case Keenum vs. Saints, Teddy Bridgewater inactive

Sam Bradford to backup Case Keenum vs. Saints, Teddy Bridgewater inactive

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Saturday saw the Minnesota Vikings activate quarterback Sam Bradford for the first time since being placed on injured reserve in November. The quarterback returned to practice on January 3 and wrapped up his fifth session on Friday.

Bradford has practiced the past two weeks, but head coach Mike Zimmer said Friday he hadn't made a decision whether the 30-year-old veteran would dress against New Orleans. Bradford dressing for the game would not necessarily mean he would play ahead of Bridgewater, and it would be a significant step if the Vikings were to put him on their 46-man active roster for the game at all.

Bradford injured his left knee while throwing for 346 yards and three touchdowns in Minnesota's Week 1 win over the Saints.

But Bradford suffered a knee injury during the game that sidelined him for the next three games, which is when the Vikings first turned to Keenum. Remmers takes at left guard after Nick Easton suffered a season-ending ankle injury December 23 at Green Bay and Jeremiah Sirles started the December 31 regular-season finale against Chicago.

While Zimmer admitted Bradford's five practices make it hard to judge where he's at, the Vikings coach did say that he believes the quarterback is healthy enough to play should the Vikings need him in the postseason. He saw his first game since dislocating his knee in the 2016 preseason in the fourth quarter of Minnesota's 34-7 rout of Cincinnati on December 17.

Bradford, Bridgewater and Case Keenum are all scheduled to become free agents after the season, and Bradford's return to health during the playoffs could help his case if he hits the open market in March.

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