Sam Bradford Activated Ahead of Vikings' Playoff Game vs. Saints

Playoff start No. 1 is no time for Case Keenum to turn timid

Playoff start No. 1 is no time for Case Keenum to turn timid

Tight end Kyle Carter was waived Saturday to make room for Bradford. Bradford, who had surgeries in 2013 and 2014 to fix a torn left ACL, had arthroscopic surgery November 7 on that knee and was placed on injured reserve the next day.

Whether the Vikings have Sam Bradford in uniform for their first playoff game on Sunday remains to be seen.

The Vikings on Saturday activated off injured reserve Bradford, who hasn't played since October 9 because of a knee injury, and placed tight end Kyle Carter on waivers.

With Bradford missing almost the entire regular season, Keenum stepped in and enjoyed the best year of his career.

The Boston Globe reported Bradford will suit up for the first time since Week 5, but when asked about the report during his news conference on Friday, Zimmer said, "I don't know how the Boston Globe would know because I haven't made any decisions yet".

The Star Tribune is reporting that Teddy Bridgewater will still be Case Keenum's backup QB.

"I would very surprised if (Zimmer) dresses three quarterbacks for this game, " said Joe Theismann, a longtime National Football League analyst who won a Super Bowl as Washington's starting quarterback in the 1982 season.

For whatever it's worth, all the way back on September 11, Bradford threw for 346 yards and three touchdowns in a 29-19 home win over the Saints in Week 1.

"It's kind of hard to get reps when you're getting your starter ready", Zimmer said.

Bradford aggravated his knee against the Bears and was ineffective before being replaced late in the first half by Keenum, who has started every game since.

There seemed to have been a true mental advantage for Keenum, who in addition to practice and game experience, got used to seeing the same plays over and over, knowing what to expect. Bradford, who completed 27 of his 32 passes for 346 yards and three touchdowns in the Vikings' season-opening win over New Orleans, twisted his left knee in the game, and missed the team's next three games before making a truncated return on October 9 against the Bears.