Sam Bradford Injury Updates

The Cardinals plan to "ramp up" QB Sam Bradford's participation in next week's minicamp, according to Darren Urban of the team's official website. He suffered a left knee injury in Week 2 last year that nagged him the rest of the season and eventually required surgery in November. “I think he’s on schedule,” HC Steve Wilks said. “He feels real confident right now with how his knee feels. Again, we are doing a great job in-house with the trainers and strength and conditioning coach and getting him where he needs to be. I think from a mental standpoint, he’s feeling pretty good.” A healthy Bradford figures to open the 2018 campaign as Arizona's starter, but he'll need to hold off rookie Josh Rosen. Neither guy is worth a pick in fantasy football drafts right now.

The Cardinals traded up from #15 to #10 to grab UCLA QB Josh Rosen. Rosen in 2015 became the 1st true freshman to start for the Bruins, completing 60.0% of his passes with 23 TDs vs. 11 INTs. His sophomore season was cut short 5 games early by a “soft tissue” right shoulder injury. He returned this past year to set career highs in completion rate (62.6%), yards (3,756) and TDs (26) — despite missing 2 games with a pair of concussions. That injury history is the biggest knock against Rosen. (We’re not buying any of the silly attitude/personality stuff.) He’s otherwise a clean prospect, though, and might just be the most NFL-ready QB in this draft class. That said, Rosen figures to start his career backing up Sam Bradford. Of course, Bradford is a poor bet to last the season. Long term, Arizona needs to add some weapons for Rosen at WR with Larry Fitzgerald turning 35 in August. The current depth chart behind Fitz: J.J. Nelson, Brice Butler and Chad Williams.

NFL Network reports that the Cardinals are expected to sign QB Sam Bradford. The veteran will likely cost significantly less than Kirk Cousins or even Case Keenum, coming off a 2017 season marred by left knee trouble. Bradford, of course, has navigated a couple of ACL tears but flashed starter ability at times when healthy. Arizona's a solid landing place, with Larry Fitzgerald still around and RB David Johnson returning from injury. But we'll have to see how the rest of the offense materializes. Andre Ellington and Jermaine Gresham finished 2017 tied for 2nd among Cards in receptions with 33. Bradford looks like no more than a low QB2 right now -- if that. Arizona also still looks like a strong candidate to shop QBs early in the NFL draft.

Update: Bradford is signing a 1-year, $20 million deal with a 2019 team option for another $20 million, according to NFL Network's Ian Rapoport.

The Vikings have placed QB Sam Bradford (knee) on IR. It ends a season that got off to a promising start, with Bradford chucking for 346 yards and 3 scores in Week 1. He suffered a bone bruise the following week, though, that's bothered him ever since. Bradford is set to hit free agency this offseason as a 30-year-old with an extensive injury history.

Vikings QB Sam Bradford (knee) is out again for Sunday’s game against the Ravens. QB Case Keenum will get the start with QB Teddy Bridgewater still working his way back from last year’s knee injury.

Vikings trainer Eric Sugarman wouldn't speculate on Tuesday how long QB Sam Bradford will be out after aggravating his knee issue in Monday night's game against the Bears, according to insider Chris Tomasson. The takeaway here is that it sounds like Bradford will miss more time. Sugarman did say that Bradford had an MRI that showed no new injury. But he missed 3 weeks the 1st time around and could certainly be looking at another extended absence here. Expect QB Case Keenum to start against the Packers this Sunday.

Vikings QB Sam Bradford (knee) was limited in practice all week and is listed as questionable for Sunday’s game against the Steelers. He’s dealing with a left knee injury that reportedly required an MRI this week. But HC Mike Zimmer said Friday that he expects Bradford to play this weekend. We’ll find out for sure by noon ET on Sunday. Assuming he’s active, Bradford will be a risk/reward QB2.

ESPN's Chris Mortensen hears that the Vikings have "guarded optimism but concern" about QB Sam Bradford's left knee. We didn't notice an injury during the win over the Saints, but Bradford reportedly had an MRI and has been limited in practice this week. We'll get another update from the team this afternoon, but the knee obviously adds risk to Bradford's Week 2 outlook.

The Vikings have signed QB Case Keenum, according to FOX 26 in Houston. The move doesn't mean much for fantasy owners, given that Keenum's not good enough to push Sam Bradford for a job. But the former Texan and Ram seems slightly high-profile for a 3rd QB, and we're all waiting to see if Teddy Bridgewater will be able to return from his 2016 knee injury. We'll be watching for any progress from Bridgewater this offseason. Minnesota's QB spot, meanwhile, doesn't make for an attractive fantasy football target.

The Minneapolis Star-Tribune reports that the Vikings still have no timeline for QB Teddy Bridgewater's return from August's devastating knee injury. There are rumors that he could miss the entire 2017 season as well. HC Mike Zimmer also said this week that QB Sam Bradford has "earned the right" to remain the starter. We'll see how/whether Bridgewater progresses this offseason and what comes of the Vikings' QB situation.

The Vikings have acquired QB Sam Bradford from the Eagles in exchange for a 2017 1st-round pick and a conditional 4th-rounder in 2018, according to ESPN's Adam Schefter. It's an aggressive move from a Minnesota team that's in a championship window right now. Bradford certainly isn't an All-Pro, but he's certainly an upgrade over Shaun Hill. We'll see if Minnesota can get Bradford ready for its opener in just 8 days, but he obviously won't be a Week 1 fantasy option. The Vikings will remain a run-first team, so Bradford will struggle to ascend beyond QB2 territory. His arrival is good news for RB Adrian Peterson, WR Stefon Diggs and the rest of Minnesota's skill-position guys. Meanwhile, Bradford's departure from Philadelphia figures to speed up QB Carson Wentz's debut. The rookie is still recovering from his rib injury and is a long shot to be under center Week 1. But we'd bet on him being there by October. QB Chase Daniel figures to open the season as Philly's starter.

Eagles QB Sam Bradford suffered a sprained shoulder and concussion in Sunday's loss to the Dolphins, according to insider Les Bowen.  The shoulder injury is to his non-throwing arm and is a Grade 2 sprain.  That's something Bradford could potentially play through next week, according to former NFL head physician Dr. David Chao.  Of course, Bradford will also need to pass through the concussion protocol.  We'll keep tabs on him throughout the week.  QB Mark Sanchez will start against the Bucs next Sunday if Bradford can't.

Eagles QB Sam Bradford left in the 3rd quarter against the Dolphins after appearing to hurt his left shoulder. He was driven down on it after a strip-sack. Bradford headed to the locker room for further evaluation, while QB Mark Sanchez stepped in.

Update: Bradford is done for the day with a shoulder injury and concussion.  X-rays on the shoulder came back negative, per insider Tim McManus.


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