This might very well be a good thing for Sam Bradford’s long-term health. The Minnesota Vikings’ starting quarterback missed practice on Thursday and is unlikely go play this week against the division-rival Green Bay Packers.

Bradford aggravated the the bone bruise to his knee in Monday’s game against the Chicago Bears and was pulled for Case Keenum just prior to halftime. It was pretty obvious he wasn’t ready to return after missing the past three games to injury.

Heck, this one free agent quarterback with a history of knee issues begged the Vikings to pull Bradford from the game (more on that here).

For their part, the Vikings indicated following the game that Bradford didn’t suffer a new injury. Instead, it was just wear and tear on the knee.

Even if that is the case, Bradford didn’t look his normal self in Monday’s win. He completed just 5-of-11 passes for 36 yards and was sacked four times. Keenum ultimately took over under center and led the Vikings to a narrow win.

While Sunday’s game against Green Bay is big in that is represents a two-game swing in the NFC North, Bradford’s long-term health is more important. The Vikings obviously realize this now.