Skip to main content

Vikings' Bradford out, Keenum starting against Steelers

Bradford's mysterious knee injury will keep him out after his huge Week 1.
  • Author:
  • Updated:
    Original:

The Vikings will be without quarterback Sam Bradford (knee) today as they take on the Steelers in Pittsburgh.

In his place will be veteran quarterback Case Keenum, who looked "more spry" than Bradford in pregame warmups, according to ESPN's Josina Anderson. 

Bradford, listed as questionable, went through a workout with the training staff a little more than two hours before the schedule noon kickoff, and that workout was very brief, according to multiple reports.

Bradford's knee injury wasn't cause for concern until ESPN reported Friday that the reigning NFC Offensive Player of the Week had an MRI on the knee earlier in the week. Hours later, Vikings head coach Mike Zimmer briefed the media and said he "anticipates" Bradford would play. 

The silver lining, perhaps, is that NFL Media's Ian Rapoport has reported that Bradford's ligaments are intact, meaning this could be a short-term issue for the Vikings. 

In nine starts for the Rams last season, Keenum threw for 2,201 yards, 9 touchdowns and 11 interceptions. 

Kyle Sloter, who was signed off the practice squad on Saturday, is available as the third quarterback today. 

Other injuries

Cornerback Xavier Rhodes and linebacker Anthony Barr, both listed as questionable, will play. 

Next Up

FWDqyh6UEAENgIG

80 mph winds, large hail possible with severe storms in MN

A severe thunderstorm watch is in effect for much of the state until 3 a.m. Saturday.

290376311_5009722282489162_198055240351933487_n

30 people evacuated as flooding hammers small town

It's assumed that at least eight inches of rain fell in Randall, with more heavy rain expected Friday night into Saturday morning.

Intersection in Rochester.

Boy dies in motorcycle crash in Rochester

Police are investigating as of Friday afternoon.

Tab2FileL (13)

Numerous severe storms likely in Minnesota Friday night

Watch the video for the full details with meteorologist Sven Sundgaard.

court room

Teen pleads guilty in shooting death of 15-year-old girl in Columbia Heights

Damico Jamal-Tokyo High will receive a sentence in juvenile court, along with an adult prison sentence.

Screen Shot 2022-04-25 at 11.00.01 AM

Walz wants to use surplus money to send direct payments to Minnesotans

It's a renewed effort from a previous proposal from Walz and Lt. Gov. Peggy Flanagan's supplemental budget in January.

Ron Johnson

Jan. 6 committee says aide for WI senator tried to give fake elector info to Pence

The attempt was discovered through text messages in the ongoing public hearing held by the Jan. 6 select committee.

Stock U of M sign

Minnesota state colleges boosting tuition again by 3.5%

The Minnesota State system's Board of Trustee's approved the increase Wednesday.

covid

Minnesota's COVID-19 update for Friday, June 24

The next daily update will be provided Monday, June 27.

Pro choice rally

Walz, Jensen react to historic Supreme Court reversal of Roe v. Wade

After voting to overturn Roe, conservative Justice Clarence Thomas has hinted contraception and same-sex marriage protections should follow.

16362 County Rd 81, Maple Grove, Minnesota - October 2021 (4)

2-year-old killed in crash on County Road 81 in Maple Grove

The crash occurred Thursday evening on County Road 81.

police tape

BCA issues new details about St. Michael standoff, shooting

New details say a St. Cloud police officer struck the suspect with gunfire.

Related

If Keenum starts, will Vikings make Bridgewater the backup QB?

Bradford still out, so Bridgewater or Sloter will be the backup QB.

Steelers win: Vikings offense sputters behind wildly inaccurate Keenum

Minnesota's offense couldn't get anything going without Sam Bradford.

Report: Vikings don't know how Bradford's knee will respond to treatment

Ian Rapoport breaks down the injury that kept Bradford out Sunday, and possibly longer.

Sam Bradford out, reportedly meeting with Dr. James Andrews

It'll be the second straight game the Vikings play without Sam Bradford.

Bradford expects to practice but Vikes won't decide on starter until Sunday

Bradford still can't say if he'll be ready to play Sunday against Tampa Bay.

Injury forces Saints to start a rookie at left tackle against the Vikings

Terron Armstead is out and Ryan Ramczyk is starting in his place.