Sam Bradford will miss his third game of the season Sunday as Vikings coach Mike Zimmer announced he has been officially ruled out. This means Minnesota will once again turn to Case Keenum in their first division game of the year with the Lions.
While the news is disconcerting, Zimmer did say Bradford’s condition is improving. But the pain and swelling in his injured knee still require rest in order to heal properly. Bradford injured the knee on a non-contact play in week one’s win over New Orleans. He says that he twisted his knee awkwardly, resulting in a bad bone bruise.
Due to his being unhappy last week with his progression, Bradford missed practice last Friday to visit Dr. James Andrews for a second opinion on the swollen knee. Andrews confirmed that Bradford had no structural damage in his surgically-repaired left knee but the pain and swelling would require rest to heal fully. Bradford did not travel attend the game Sunday in order to avoid unnecessary standing and pressure on said knee and has not participated in either practice this week.
The quarterback situation does not appear quite as dire as it did a week ago, given Case Keenum’s performance in Bradford’s absence. His 142.1 rating in week three’s win over Tampa Bay was only a tick below Bradford’s 143 from week one which won Bradford Player of the Week honors.