Buccaneers vs Vikings: Game Pick - Vikes without Bradford

Buccaneers vs Vikings: Game Pick - Vikes without Bradford

Buccaneers vs Vikings: Game Pick - Vikes without Bradford

Vikings head coach Mike Zimmer continues to describe Bradford's status as "day-to-day".

He said the injury occurred without contact during the Vikes' 29-19 defeat of the Saints. If Baker can't go, the team would likely promote Channing Ward from the practice squad, requiring another roster move to make room. Later in the game, the Vikings were called for an illegal formation on a Pittsburgh field goal try that they missed.

I'm not sure how the Vikings are the favorite here with Bradford still questionable due to injury.

Offensive coordinator Pat Shurmur said before practice that Bradford "got what he needed" done in Wednesday's workout and that a plan was in place for him to do the same Thursday.

It was also reported (I should just copy and paste the phrase "It was also reported" at this point) that Bradford was going to receive an injection into his knee to help alleviate the pain he was feeling.

Reports have said Bradford had the knee drained of fluid, and received a cortisone injection. That's a better start than Adrian Peterson got off to with the Vikings. Whether or not he'll be able to play Sunday will be determined by how his knee responds.

The Vikings could be in for a long afternoon regardless of who starts at quarterback for them.

"I felt good", Bell said.

"It's just all about getting comfortable", Cook said. "He's a very efficient quarterback". Thielen first made the Vikings' roster in 2014 but his breakout season came previous year when he made 10 starts and caught 69 passes for 967 yards and six touchdowns. But play after play, somebody on the line lost their battle against the Steelers and it impacted the flow of Minnesota's offense.

When will we all learn if Bradford can play on Sunday against the Bucs?

If the quarterback does not like what he sees after snapping the ball on a pass play this Sunday, there is nothing wrong with him throwing the ball away or checking down to give his team a chance.

"I don't know", he said.

"We're ready to rock with anybody", running back Jerick McKinnon said. They just can not have nice things.

"There's so many different things you can do", Zimmer added. Jones and Tate will get most of the defensive attention-that could mean Golladay is going to have to step up again for the Lions to win this one.

What to believe? All I believe is that when the Vikings signed Kyle Sloter and put him on the active roster on Saturday, that telegraphed that Bradford would not play. Fortunately for Shazier and Hilton, each missed tackle attempt slows down the speedy McKinnon, allowing guys like Bud Dupree and LT Walton to rally to the football near the Steelers' sideline, shutting down a possible big play. The same performance might not have stood out as a particularly bad one in the Christian Ponder wilderness years, but in today's high-powered, explosive Bradford passing attack, any poor performance is especially noticeable. Bryant had caught two passes for 14 yards in Cleveland.

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