Bradford's back: Vikings reactivate QB from injured reserve

Bradford's back: Vikings reactivate QB from injured reserve

The Minnesota Vikings activated quarterback Sam Bradford off injured reserve Saturday and moved him to the 53-man roster ahead of Sunday's divisional-round playoff game against the New Orleans Saints.

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.

To clear a roster spot, the Vikings waived tight end Kyle Carter.

Since taking over the starting duties for the Minnesota Vikings in Week 2 of the regular season, veteran quarterback Case Keenum has continually faced persistent questions about his long-term future with the team.

The Vikings haven't dressed three quarterbacks for a game since November 7, 2013, when Leslie Frazier was the coach and Christian Ponder, Matt Cassel and Josh Freeman all were active against Washington.

Bradford's back: Vikings reactivate QB from injured reserve
Bradford's back: Vikings reactivate QB from injured reserve

Earlier this week, Zimmer said he knows who his backup quarterback will be when the Vikings host the Saints in the divisional round but chose not to disclose his plan.

According to ESPN's Courtney Cronin, Keenum, who has played on three teams in five years, got a leg up on the competition by using VR to learn the Vikings' offense.

Bradford, Bridgewater and Case Keenum are all scheduled to become free agents after the season, and Bradford's return to health during the playoffs could help his case if he hits the open market in March. Bradford was on injured reserve because of a knee injury.

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.

Then, in a run-of-the-mill training camp practice, Bridgewater dislocated his knee and tore his ACL. They've been mixing him in and getting him some reps here and there. But he did point to Bradford having thrown for 346 yards in a 29-19 win over New Orleans in the September 11 opener and te quarterback at least having played more this season than Bridgewater.