The Minnesota Vikings' injury report, already well-populated with starters, now includes their quarterback.
Sam Bradford appeared on the Vikings' first injury report of the week, before their Thursday game against the Dallas Cowboys, with an ankle injury that had him limited in practice. Bradford was participating during the open portion of practice, and also took part in Sunday's practice (when the Vikings did not have to issue an injury report), but the quarterback apparently missed some of the Vikings' practice with the injury.
The story summed this situation up well: The fact Bradford didn't sit out the entire session is probably a good sign -- if the Vikings were overly worried about the injury affecting him on Thursday night, they'd likely have held him out of practice -- but Bradford's ankle is certainly worth watching between now and Thursday.
Tuesday, October 18, 2016, 4:28pm
Vikings OC Norv Turner has been around a while. He's been an NFL coach for the last 31 years and has spent the last 26 as either a head coach or offensive coordinator.
And yet Turner recently said Sam Bradford's vision "is as good as any QB I've ever coached."
"I just think you get excited about a guy and you make that statement," Turner said, per the Vikings' official site. "I believe it’s true. That doesn’t take away from someone else and the way they play the game. Sam, he can anticipate. He sees what’s happening out in front of people. He can relate back to you what he sees and most of the time he’s pretty accurate.”
Friday, October 7, 2016, 6:27pm
Vikings WR Stefon Diggs (groin, doubtful) missed practice all week and is doubtful for Week 5. With Diggs out, the Vikings are down to Adam Thielen (a decent PPR play), Charles Johnson and Cordarrelle Patterson as their top three receivers. It’s shaping up to be tough outing for Sam Bradford.
Friday, October 7, 2016, 6:27pm
Vikings TE Kyle Rudolph (rib) took full practice reps on Friday after being limited earlier in the week. Rudolph should be good to go. He’s locked in as an every-week TE1 given how often Sam Bradford is looking his way, though Houston (#1 in TE aFPA) is a very tough matchup.
Thursday, October 6, 2016, 6:05pm
Vikings TE Kyle Rudolph (rib) returned to limited practice reps Thursday after missing Wednesday practice. Rudolph should be good to go. He’s locked in as an every-week TE1 given how often Sam Bradford is looking his way.
The Minnesota Vikings season thus far has included many things that nobody expected – Sam Bradford playing quarterback in Minnesota, for starters – but high on the list of surprises is the fact that first-round pick WR Laquon Treadwell has only been on the field for two plays in three games. He was inactive on Sunday against Carolina.
Treadwell was selected 23rd overall this April and is struggling to get playing time so far. But HC Mike Zimmer said he's biding his time - like Stefon Diggs did last year - and may be thinking too much about steps to take on each route.
Friday, September 23, 2016, 6:21pm
Vikings TE Kyle Rudolph (groin) took full practice reps again Friday. He was removed from the injury report, so he should be able to play through the injury. He saw eight targets from Sam Bradford in Bradford’s first start.
Thursday, September 22, 2016, 6:07pm
Vikings TE Kyle Rudolph (groin) took full practice reps Thursday after being limited Wednesday. Rudolph should be able to play through the injury. He saw eight targets from Sam Bradford in Bradford’s first start.
Wednesday, September 21, 2016, 6:15pm
Bradford told the media earlier this week he felt much more comfortable with the playbook, the story said. Shaun Hill was average last week in the team's win and it's expected Bradford will be an upgrade at the position as well as an upgrade for the Viking receivers. But, expect Bradford to improve as the weeks go by. Green Bay is 11th in allowing fantasy points to QBs so it's not a great matchup for Bradford.
Is two weeks enough time for Sam Bradford to be ready?
That’s the unanswered question the Vikings will have to figure out before Sunday night’s nationally-televised matchup against the Green Bay Packers, when they’ll be making the regular season debut inside the new and luminous U.S. Bank Stadium.
Head coach Mike Zimmer said he will not publicly name a starter, just as he didn’t last week before Shaun Hill started the season opener in Tennessee.
“I just figured it’d be good for sports talk radio,” Zimmer said Monday, in jest.
He added the decision has not been made.
Given what the team gave up for Bradford, the story concluded that whenever the team deems him ready he's likely going to be in there.
Hill has been given the start over Sam Bradford, for whom the Vikings traded a 2017 first-round pick and a conditional 2018 fourth-rounder to the Philadelphia Eagles last week. Bradford joined the team after Teddy Bridgewater tore multiple ligaments in his knee Aug. 30.
The team split first-team snaps between Hill and Bradford during practice this week, but it appeared the Vikings were leaning toward Hill, who has been in Minnesota since 2015 and has a more thorough understanding of the offense than Bradford. The story added that Bradford picked up things rather quickly last week and is expected to be the starter in the near future.
In news that might not mean all that much, Shaun Hill is listed as the first quarterback on the Vikings’ depth chart.
In news that might mean slightly more, Hill was practicing with the starters today.
According to Ben Goessling of ESPN.com, Hill was working with the ones during the portion of practice open to reporters, ahead of newcomer Sam Bradford.
Vikings coach Mike Zimmer refused to clarify his intentions about this week, and said the reps would be divided between the guy who was backing up Teddy Bridgewater and the guy who figures to start soon if not Sunday against the Titans. Given the cost of acquiring Bradford, it’s clear he’s going to play quickly. But the sheer volume of stuff he has to learn might make a one-week turnaround difficult if not impossible, the story said.
The initial plan after the Vikings traded for quarterback Sam Bradford on Saturday was to still start veteran Shaun Hill in Sunday’s season opener against the Tennessee Titans. But plans can change, which is why coach Mike Zimmer is choosing not to announce his starting QB right now.
“I don’t know yet,” Zimmer said this afternoon. “We’ll see how it goes.”
It doesn’t hurt to make the Titans prepare for two different passers. Zimmer said he plans to divide the first-team reps between Bradford and Hill in practice this week. His first impressions of Bradford were positive.
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