Head coach Mike Zimmer complicated the return timetable a bit after Minnesota's loss to the Steelers on Sunday by saying "Sam is fine. He might play one game from now, he might play six weeks from now. Either way, he's fine."
According to NFL Network Insider Ian Rapoport, one game from now sounds more accurate -- with a qualifier.
Rapoport reported on Good Morning Football Monday morning that "the belief was ... this was a one-week injury for Bradford. The ACL is fine, the other ligaments are fine, this really was just a swelling and discomfort issue from taking a shot to his knee last week.
Based on an earlier report we had, it certainly didn't sound optimistic that Bradford would return sooner than later. The only thing up on the air, according to this story, is how the knee will respond to treatment, and how it will handle getting worked on all week, and when he'll be able to fully bend it like he will need to. Minny plays an early home game against the Bucs in Week 3.