Key Matchups for Bucs vs. Vikings

Posted September 23, 2017

Steelers outside linebacker Bud Dupree deflects a pass by Vikings quarterback Case Keenum during the second half Sunday at Heinz Field.

Minnesota Vikings quarterback Sam Bradford was able to practice this week after missing Week 2 with a knee injury, but it does not sound like he will be taking the field on Sunday. ESPN's Chris Mortensen reports Bradford will receive a second opinion on his left knee from specialist Dr. James Andrews, who previously repaired Bradford's ACL in the same knee.

Bradford reported Friday morning to the team's medical personnel that he was feeling fairly pronounced pain in his knee, a day after there was optimism expressed by Zimmer that the quarterback was feeling better and had a chance of playing Sunday. "All I know about is this week".

Bradford was the only Vikings player held out Friday, a setback after he was a limited participant in five practices since injuring his left knee in the September 11 victory vs. the Saints. So I will break down how the Bradford injury impacts the Vikings offense from a fantasy standpoint. He even said Bradford saw more action Thursday than Wednesday, declining to characterize the situation as a setback during a terse meeting with reporters after practice Friday.

"Nope", said Alualu, who like Haden has never been on a team that has been 2-0 before.

Though he's started 24 games spread over the last four years, Keenum has not progressed or advanced a bit. "I got on the sideline and said, 'Why didn't they tell me Sam wasn't in the game?'" In week one, Bradford threw for 346 yards and three touchdowns, completed near 86 percent of his passes, and achieved a career-high 143.0 passer rating.

The Bucs had a great defensive performance in the season opener against the Bears.

"It didn't change", Zimmer said. For the first time since 2014, Bradford is a captain again. He led the team in stops with 117 a year ago and has 15 so far in 2017, including seven assists on running plays, indicating that he is doing a good job of getting to the ball and helping with gang tackles. The only Vikings player I will feel comfortable starting is running back Dalvin Cook. "We've got to make more plays on the outside".

"We're ready to rock with anybody", running back Jerick McKinnon said. "As far as being where you need to be, when you want to be there, when they want you to be there, of course". New England QB Tom Brady is the AFC's offensive player of the week, for the 28th time in his career - tying him with Peyton Manning for the most such weekly awards since the National Football League has given them out.

This is the 10th year out of 13 that the Vikings have had to start more than one quarterback in a season, with Brett Favre (2009), Christian Ponder (2012) and Teddy Bridgewater (2015) the only ones who made it through unscathed.