Published: Sun, January 14, 2018
Sport | By Cameron Gross

Vikings put Sam Bradford back on active roster

Vikings put Sam Bradford back on active roster

This is a weird story, but then again, the Vikings quarterback situation has been a weird thing all season long.

Bradford missed all but two games during the regular season with a knee injury. Compiling game outcomes and FiveThirtyEight's Elo ratings, writers Jeff Hargarten and MaryJo Webster revealed that among the teams left in the current postseason, no one has lost more playoff games they were predicted to win since 1966 than - wait for it - the Vikings.

News of Bradford's activation began to heat up on Friday when the Boston Globe's Ben Volin cited a league source that Minnesota planned to dress the quarterback for Sunday's game. Bradford was back for the Bears game, but hobbled around in the first half before being pulled for Keenum. This specific aspect of the report is still unclear, but it definitely appears closer to becoming the truth with the quarterback's activation on Saturday.

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Bridgewater has served as the backup since Week 10 for the Vikings, who have not had three quarterbacks listed as active since Mike Zimmer became their coach.

Sam Bradford is ready to return for the Vikings, though it remains to be seen whether he'll actually take the field. But if they wanted to use the quarterback who beat the Saints in Week 1 in their rematch with New Orleans, they'd be able to do so. Keeping Sloter around with this move is just another indication of how much the Vikings do not want the rookie getting scooped up by another team. Even among the 30 different teams that have suffered at least one "unexpected playoff loss", Minnesota ranks ahead of only three others, including the Detroit Lions and the Kansas City Chiefs, this year's Wild Card dud.

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