Edit: Both of these moves are now official. Bridgewater activated, Bradford to IR.
With the Vikings expected to make the move to activate Teddy Bridgewater this week, the question of who sacrifices their roster spot to make room comes to the forefront. Reports are that the team is mulling the possibility of moving quarterback Sam Bradford to the injured reserve to allow Bridgewater to join the active roster.
Bradford injured his twice-repaired left knee against the Saints in week one. Since that game in which he put on one of the finest performance of his career, Bradford has started just once more, in week five against Chicago. He appeared to exacerbate the problem by playing, however, and exited before halftime. He has not seen the field since.
The injury was diagnosed, at least publicly, as a bone bruise but Bradford sought a second opinion from Dr. James Andrews in September. Andrews performed surgeries on Bradford’s left ACL in 2013 and 2014. At that time, Andrews confirmed that Bradford’s issue would not require further surgery.
But Bradford’s issue has not appeared to improve and with Case Keenum playing fairly well, the understanding seems to be that Bradford’s season is likely done anyway. ESPN reported today that Bradford has traveled to see Dr. Andrews again and possibly have a scope done to see if the MRI taken in September missed a structural issue. The Vikings will reportedly wait for those results before making a roster move.
Multiple reports have said the Vikings will activate Bridgewater tomorrow but he will, at least at first, be the backup to Keenum. The team believes Keenum has earned “more starts” but they have also expressed confidence that Bridgewater will be ready to play if need be.
Evidently the team is steadfast in keeping Kyle Sloter on the roster as the emergency quarterback and will not release him to make room for Bridgewater. The prevailing assumption is that he will be signed by another team if they cut him loose or return him to the practice squad.
So, unless something unexpectedly encouraging reveals itself in the tests, it appears Bradford’s 2017 season is all but over.
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