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Report: Vikings plan to dress Sam Bradford vs. Saints

Sam Bradford was very much in one-day-at-a-time mode when he spoke with the Twin Cities media last week. The Minnesota Vikings’ quarterback did not give any indication whether he’d be available against the New Orleans Saints in the Divisional round. A report Friday indicates that he will be.

The Boston Globe’s Ben Volin reports that the Vikings plan to dress Bradford for the game. Whether he would actually be active or if he would be the No. 2 QB on the depth chart is not clear.

Asked about Bradford’s progress since returning to practice, head coach Mike Zimmer said: “It’s kind of hard to judge with five practices. He’s working in, but he’s got a way to go still.”

As to whether Bradford is healthy enough to play in a game, Zimmer said, “I think so.”

Bradford torched the Saints in Week 1 for 346 yards and three touchdowns. He hasn’t played since Week 5, when he re-aggrivated a knee injury suffered in the opener.

  • Cman

    Interesting. What does that say to Bridgewater if Bradford is the backup and he is inactive?

    • Mark De Long

      a lot of people who have seen teddy move see he is still not 1000%. obviously the vikings know this and are hoping they wont have to use either but sam at least might be the best option just in case .case gets hurt.

      • Big TDs

        I haven’t heard that. Who is saying that?

      • Drediock

        Not to mention that Bradford is MUCH more familiar with actually playing in this system and over the last 2 seasons has played more frequently.

        • Theguds

          AND he’s just the better QB.

    • Theguds

      Exactly!

    • Jeeves

      More like what does that say ABOUT Teddy. See MDL’s reply.

      • Cman

        That too

      • Theguds

        I haven’t seen any reports saying TB isn’t 100%. As the Vikings writer for 1500 espn, doesn’t Coller get to watch the practices? I believe he does….he’d be the first guy to write an article if TB wasn’t feeling 100%.

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  • Jay Foxx

    I’m very concerned about rust, if any.

    • mysterygueststar

      Exactly…THAT’S the word I’ve been looking for in this entire thread. Though Coach Zimmer may suit up Sam AND Teddy, they BOTH…even though they’ve been throwing the hell out of balls on the practice field, are both rusty, and would have a few butterflies, should either have to come in.
      Case has been doing one hell of a job, and I think he’s ready for the Saints…IN U.S.Bank! The chemistry he has developed with our wideouts…even Jarius,and McKinnon, will surely put points on the board. I’d also like to see Elflein start, although Berger can definitely hold his own. I think the youth and talent of Elflein would help Case’s numbers better, though, and give him more time in the pocket…OR out.

      Our #1 D speaks for itself, although I just don’t want to see Waynes or Alexander committing any of those stupid PI penalties. I’d love to see one of them get a pick-six. Hell, ANYBODY getting a pick-six would darn near make my head hit the ceiling! OF COURSE, as always, gotta wonder about those damn zebras…in the tunnel…getting on the same page concerning the BOGUS calls against the Vikings that we continuously see getting thrown at the most “inconvenient” times. Remember, guys…CAN’T TOUCH BREES…HE’LL FALL, GRIMACE, POINT, and get the hanky…just like Shaaron…or CryBrady. Probably going to be some ‘aint fans in the stands, but the Purple and Gold will be LOUD and MANY! I truly hate that I live so far away, or I would be shirtless, ye old AleHorn in hand, painted with our Viking colors, and NO ONE would have to tell me to get loud! I’d be at 100 decibels for this one! SKOL VIKINGS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Theguds

    Coller… :)))))))))))) What was it you said about Zim thinking TB is the future? You seemed pretty certain too, despite Zim NEVER saying that directly.

    • Theguds

      Also according to you SB will 3rd if he’s activated.

      • Big TDs

        Did Coller say that directly? 🙂

    • linus

      Zimmer hasn’t said that Bradford is going to dress for the Saints game either, directly or indirectly.

      • Theguds

        Easy now… I’m just getting giddy. Who’s the paid sportswriter? Oh and I forgot.. Queue the Coller Crazies.

        • linus

          Why would a story about who may be the backup QB on Sunday make you “giddy”?

          • Theguds

            Because he is the only QB on the roster that could possibly be in the top 5 year in year out. And as I’ve already stated reactivating SB and deactivating a TB that is at 100% sends a strong message about how the coaches think of SB as a QB. Is that a good enough “why” for you? On this message board and others everybody seems to count SB out for 2018, I think all those people are sorely mistaken.

            We all know how stingy ZImmer is with his praise, the most he has ever said about TB is that he is a great kid and works hard. Bradford on the hand is the QB he has given the most praise to in terms of his abilities.

          • Big TDs

            He didn’t deactivate Teddy. He just activated Bradford.

          • Theguds

            And morally speaking its the right move for sure. TB has been apart of team most of the season doing his part to help out on the practice field and in meetings. He deserves to suit up, And it makes sense strategically. But B will be the back-up.

      • Theguds

        If they deactivate TB to activate SB I think that says something about what direction they want to go in next year. But of course I could be wrong. We’ll see… But at the moment of course NO is the #1 concern.

        • Drediock

          Naaa. I think any decision made about who is active or not active now have noting to do with any direction next year and has everything to do with what gives them the best chance to win right now.
          Zimm is the tunnel vision type that worries about next years direction after the season is over.
          The guy doesnt even think more then one game ahead during the season when prepping for games.

          • Theguds

            No you’re absolutely right there wouldn’t be a coach in the league who is in the divisional playoff game thinking about next year. I need to re-word my post.

            What I meant to say is it signals who they think the better QB is. You’re right he’s making the decision based on who he thinks gives them the best chance to win. I think people are very mistaken if they think it’s because TB’s not 100%. It’s simple… Bradford is the better QB and that’s why they will re-activate him.

            And next year the decision will also be simple. I think they are going to try dawnedest to keep both Case and Bradford and whether people like it or not no matter what happens this season it will be an open competition for the job. If one QB is looking better than the other, then they are going with that guy. Simple…

  • Drediock

    Funny because when Zimmer was questioned about this he replied something like
    “I dont know how the Boston globe knows this when I haven’t made up my mind yet.”

    • Theguds

      It’s called somebody at winter park leaked it(NFL source). I wouldn’t take ZImmer’s word when he talks to the media…I think he love’s messing with’em. Do you really think when Zimmer said he was taking it week by week with the QB decision he didn’t know who was starting? Case had the job locked in long before Coller and Jughead gave him the job.

      • linus

        Who is the leaker at Winter Park? One of the secretaries? I agree that Zimmer has already made his decision, but if he wants to keep it a secret (and he obviously does), there’s no reason for him to tell anyone except (maybe) Shurmur, Bradford, and Bridgewater, and they certainly aren’t going to leak it to the Boston Globe.

        • Theguds

          I think its TB:) he was probably upset about it and he then he told Thielen and we all know how big Thielen’s mouth is. So there you have it… Case closed.

  • Gordon Guffey

    I know this must be killing Coller to report this even if it isn’t true ~ LOL ~

    I’m trying to control myself and not laugh out loud until I puke ~ I believe it was the Redskins game when Coller started his BS rants ~ That was the game in which Judd and Coller predicted Teddy would be starting ~ That lasted until somewhere around week 12 and even then Coller keep taking his pop shots at Case ~ Judd slowly came around and understood that Teddy wasn’t able to take the job from Case for what ever the reason ~ As some stated below they have read that Teddy still isn’t 100% ~ I truly hope thats not the case because Teddy nor anyone else should have there life altered like this due to a none contact injury or a injury due to a untimely hit~

    I dont see Zimmmer counting on Bradford past this season {{{ IF }}}} this report is even true ~ If Sam is healthy and Case gets hurt or is not moving the offense through the 3rd qt then yeah I could see Zimmer giving Sam or Teddy a shot if the game isn’t out of reach ~ But not before then ~ The again what the he!! do I know

    • Theguds

      League sources are usually credible. You’re going to need to change your profile pic to a guy with his jaw dropped and eyes wide open come next year:)) Because B’s coming back!!

      • Gordon Guffey

        Are you pulling my leg Theguds ~ ??? I really will need to change my profile pick if that happen to something that resembles a opossum ((( flatten opossum at that ))) cause I will out playing in traffic if that happens ~ LOL

        I only wish he would have worked out better because of the price they paid to get him ~ I have been more than happy with the play of Case ~ But we all know when healthy Bradford is the best QB on the roster ~

        • Theguds

          twiddle dee, twiddle doo GG!!

  • Theguds

    CBS sports published an article 6 hours ago quoting TB saying he’s 100%.





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