Report | Sam Bradford out against Packers

Minnesota Vikings quarterbacks Sam Bradford (8) and Case Keenum (7) sits on the bench during the second half of an NFL football against the Chicago Bears, Monday, Oct. 9, 2017, in Chicago. (AP Photo/Darron Cummings)
AP Photo/Darron Cummings

The Minnesota Vikings play one of the the team’s most important games of the 2017-18 season this weekend. At quarterback for the home team against Aaron Rodgers and the Green Bay Packers? Certainly not Teddy Bridgewater, and apparently not Sam Bradford either.

The Vikings will start Case Keenum at quarterback on Sunday after Bradford was unable to practice this week, according to NFL.com’s Ian Rapoport.

Bradford played on Monday evening against the rival Chicago Bears for the first time since Week 1, but left the action late in the second quarter after it became clear his ailing left knee would keep him from playing winning football. Keenum replaced him and immediately injected life into Minnesota’s offense, leading his team to a crucial 20-17 victory over an inferior foe.

Bridgewater, the team’s normal starter, hasn’t played since tearing his ACL last August. Currently on the physically unable to perform list (PUP), he’s optimistic about a potential return to the field this season, but nothing is set in stone.

“I have belief that he will [play this season] but he hasn’t been on the field yet so it’s hard to say,” Vikings head coach Mike Zimmer told ESPN’s Kevin Seifert of Bridgewater’s potential availability.

Keenum, a career journeyman, has fared well for the Vikings despite his clear status as the team’s third-most preferred option behind center. He’s completed 64.5 percent of his passing attempts for 895 yards and four touchdowns against zero interceptions in his four appearances this season. Minnesota, 3-2, is tied for second place in the NFC North division with the Detroit Lions. Sitting atop the division? Rodgers and the Packers, of course.

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