Sam Bradford expected to return for Minnesota against Bears

Sam Bradford expected to return for Minnesota against Bears

During a production meeting on Sunday afternoon, Minnesota head coach Mike Zimmer told the ESPN Monday Night Football crew (Jon Gruden, Sean McDonough and Lisa Salters) that he fully expects Bradford to be his team's starting quarterback on Monday night. It looks like Bradford is finally game-ready after sitting out the past three weeks with a bone bruise on his surgically-repaired left knee.

Starter Sam Bradford is dealing with a knee injury, and backup Case Keenum has provided mixed results in his place.

While everyone knew about the Chicago Bears' quarterback change this week, the Minnesota Vikings were waiting to reveal who would line up under center in purple on Monday.

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Asked on Saturday about his level of confidence Bradford could play, Zimmer said, "We'll see".

There didn't appear to be an injury during the game, but Bradford experienced swelling and pain in his knee, something that caused him to miss three weeks. In his one game of the 2017 season, the 2008 Heisman Trophy victor completed 27 of 32 passes for 346 yards, 3 touchdowns and a quarterback rating of 143.0. Bridgewater, who dislocated his left knee and tore his ACL last August 30, has been making solid progress in his rehab from the injury and has steadily increased his workload in hopes of a return.

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