After the Minnesota Vikings appeared to be “cautiously optimistic” earlier in the week, the team’s starting quarterback in Sam Bradford will not be on the field against the Pittsburgh Steelers, according to Jason La Canfora of CBS Sports. Prior to the Vikings’ Week 2 matchup against the Steelers, Bradford trotted out to the field in order to test out his injured knee while departing rather quickly before ultimately being ruled out.
The veteran signal caller, whose NFL career has been marred by injuries, notably underwent an MRI on his injured knee after encountering “swelling, pain and discomfort” throughout the week.
The 29-year-old Bradford is currently in the midst of his second season as a member of the Vikings after stints with both the St. Louis Rams and Philadelphia Eagles. Last season, in his first go-round with the NFC North franchise, he appeared in 15 regular-season games en route to producing 3,877 passing yards and 20 touchdowns through the air. Adding just five interceptions in 2016, he also registered a stellar 71.6 completion percentage.
Starting for the Vikings in Week 1 against the New Orleans Saints, a 29-19 win for Minnesota, Bradford completed 27 of his 32 passing attempts while throwing for 346 yards and three touchdowns. He also failed to turn the football over as the Vikings began the 2017 regular season with an impressive victory.
It is also worth noting that in addition to Bradford, the Vikings also have the likes of Case Keenum and Kyle Sloter under center at this time. Keenum will now be getting the starting Week 2 against the Steelers.