The Minnesota Vikings are cautiously optimistic that Sam Bradford will take snaps on Sunday against the Pittsburgh Steelers despite the quarterback undergoing a MRI on his knee this week, according to Chris Mortensen of ESPN. Bradford, who sustained ACL injuries in 2013 and 2014 while with the Rams, underwent a MRI after sources close to ESPN reported that Bradford experienced “swelling, pain and discomfort” following the Vikings’ 29-19 win over the New Orleans Saints on Monday Night Football.
“I’m not going to talk about who has had MRIs or who hasn’t had MRIs,” Vikings head coach Mike Zimmer said. “Lots of guys have MRIs.”
The cause for concern is sure to alter how the Vikings approach the offensive game-plan in Week 2. Bradford was dominant in his season debut, consistently threading the needle en route to throwing for 346 yards and three touchdowns against no interceptions. The pocket was clean all night as the Vikings allowed the Saints defense to get to Bradford only once.
“I’m not going to get too specific, but we’re always going to make sure that anybody that has anything that we’re trying to protect them,” Zimmer said of the protection packages the Vikings would use against the Steelers.
Minnesota still has a contingency plan in the form of Case Keenum, who signed a one-year deal with the Vikings on the final day of March. Additionally, wide receiver Adam Thielen was seen getting extra work in practice, per Mortensen.
This is Bradford’s second season in Minnesota after he started 15 games for the Vikings a year ago.