Sam Bradford was clearly not healthy during Monday night’s game in Chicago, and he had to be replaced before halftime due to ineffective play.
On Monday the Minnesota Vikings quarterback underwent an MRI, which showed no ligament damage and no new injury, per team trainer Eric Sugarman. He also said the Vikings wouldn’t have started Bradford in the game if he weren’t healthy enough to play.
Sugarman: "We would never put a player on the field we thought could not protect themselves. That's really important for me to mention."
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Bradford himself told reporters in the week leading up to the game that he might not be 100 percent healthy all year long. He also said it was possible he’d be in pain even if he could play. On Monday, he clearly was, and he was unable to move around comfortably and ended up costing his team with a safety after hanging around in the end zone too long.
Sugarman said Bradford “absolutely” can make a full recovery, though he did not put a timetable on it.
Thankfully Case Keenum is playing well enough in the interim. And it might not be too long until Teddy Bridgewater can play. He’s set to be evaluated on Monday to see if he can start practicing. From there, the team will have up to three weeks to either activate him or shut him down for the rest of the season.
Interesting times in Minnesota, indeed.