Minnesota Vikings quarterback Sam Bradford was once again forced to the sidelines during Monday’s 20-17 victory over the Chicago Bears at Soldier Field. Head coach Mike Zimmer confirmed Bradford hurt his knee in the first half. However, Zimmer remained “hopeful” in regard to the quarterback’s future availability.
Bradford missed three games at the start of the season due to a knee injury, although his health issues aren’t as bad as they were earlier in his career.
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Knee injuries limited him to just seven games from 2013-14, although he missed just two games because of injury over the next two seasons with the Philadelphia Eagles and Vikings. His only other absence was when he sat behind Shaun Hill for Week 1 last year.
Bradford completed just 5 of 11 passes for 36 yards before Keenum replaced him late in the second quarter. Bradford was sacked four times in just 26 total snaps for the Vikings before leaving the game. One of the sacks also went for a safety to give the Bears an early 2-0 lead. The Vikings managed just three first down offensively with Bradford in the game.
Bradford was listed as questionable to play for Minnesota despite practicing throughout the week. It was clear early in the game that he didn’t have anywhere close to his typical mobility and wasn’t able to perform to his usual standard. Keenum has played well in Bradford’s absence. He completed 17 of 21 passes for 140 yards and a touchdown in his half of work at quarterback for Minnesota.
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