Bradford not expected to play against Bucs

Posted September 23, 2017

It's too early to worry, and it's too early to get overconfident, but never too early to take a look at what is happening elsewhere in the NFC North.

"He had a lot of confidence going into last week".

Minnesota (1-1) plays host to the hot-starting Tampa Bay Buccaneers (1-0) on Sunday.

Last week was the receivers' first regular-season game with Keenum - in a tough road environment with the quarterback situation not being settled until gameday, no less.

Bradford suffered torn left anterior cruciate ligament injuries in 2013 and 2014 with the St. Louis Rams, missing 25 regular-season games.

9/16 - The Vikings signed quarterback Kyle Sloter to the active roster on Saturday with starter Sam Bradford listed as questionable to play Sunday in Pittsburgh. But without Bradford it's doubtful they'll be able to do it.

Whether this will be a chronic issue he'll have to continually deal with remains in question. He didn't do much in Minnesota's 26-9 loss to the Steelers. Part of that is because LeVeon Bell had finally shook off the rust-and the Bucs don't have a Bell. "Woke up Tuesday, and it just didn't feel very good". Last week, as his team prepared to face the Steelers, he knew his knee wasn't quite right.

The defense should bounce back. After being limited on Wednesday and Thursday, Bradford missed practice on Friday. A lot of people think that because we're in 2017 that doctors have all the answers thanks to the technology they have at their disposal. When he inevitably succumbs to a multi-game injury, next up is Case Keenum. The Bucs will probably ask kicker Nick Folk to try to force as many touchbacks as possible in the Vikings' dome (Folk had four touchbacks on six kicks Sunday) but when McKinnon does bring it out, he'll have to get past Robinson.

Roll that around in your head for a minute. It was clear in the opener why the Bucs wanted to keep Gholston around, as his constant ability to set and hold the edge - not to mention his five tackles and one TFL - helped limit the Bears to 20 rushing yards on 16 attempts.

The New York Jets are one of the worst teams in football this season, though it may not affect the employment status of two of the men in charge of turning the team around. "We just made some mistakes and we'll correct them".

They have not forced any turnovers but have been stout on third down and against the run.

This Lions defense will be tested by quarterback Matt Ryan and future Hall of Famer Julio Jones, while a combination of Devonta Freeman and Tevin Coleman will wear down the defensive front.

"You can't have one guy going down and your whole season goes down".