Mike Zimmer: Sam Bradford officially ruled out Week 3 against Bucs
Minnesota Vikings head coach Mike Zimmer confirmed Friday that Sam Bradford will miss his second consecutive game after being ruled out for Sunday’s Week 3 tilt against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.
Coach Zimmer says Sam Bradford has been ruled out for #TBvsMIN.
— Minnesota Vikings (@Vikings) September 22, 2017
Bradford has been limited in practice for the past two weeks with what reportedly has been deemed a bone bruise in his left knee originally suffered during the Vikings’ Week 1 victory over the New Orleans Saints. Bradford sat out of the Vikings’ Week 2 loss to the Pittsburgh Steelers with Case Keenum starting in his stead.
Bradford has suffered a torn ACL in the same knee twice in his NFL career, once in 2013 and again in 2014.
While there reportedly wasn’t any structural damage, Bradford has been battling significant pain that kept him limited in the Vikings’ first two practices this week.
Bradford wasn’t seen at practice Friday in the portion open to the media.
Bradford was guarded at best this week when discussing the injury as he and the Vikings held out hope his knee would respond well to treatment.
A report Friday from ESPN’s Adam Schefter indicates Bradford is seeking out Dr. James Andrews for a second opinion on his injured knee.
Vikings QB Sam Bradford seeking second opinion on knee from Dr. James Andrews, per @mortreport. Has pronounced pain in knee.
— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) September 22, 2017
That cannot be seen as encouraging for Bradford or the Vikings.
Keenum is expected to get the nod again at starter against the Bucs at U.S. Bank Stadium after replacing Bradford and struggling against the Steelers. It’s extremely unclear at this point what to expect on the Bradford front in the coming weeks for the Vikings.