Vikings activate Sam Bradford to 53-man roster

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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. With the decision, the Vikings also waived tight end Kyle Carter. 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.

In Week 1 of the 2017 season, Bradford played perhaps the best game of his career as the Vikings beat the visiting Saints 29-19.

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 missed all but two games during the regular season with a knee injury.

Between Case Keenum, Teddy Bridgewater, Bradford and Kyle Sloter, the Vikings now have four quarterbacks on the 53-man roster.

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Zimmer said this week that Bradford is working his way back in with the other quarterbacks but "has a ways to go still".

"A lot of guys who are starters don't think they need it anymore because they're getting reps on the field", Belch told Cronin.

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 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. A Super Bowl run with Keenum under center may make that impossible. 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.

Keenum's completion percentage ranked second in the National Football League among qualifying passers behind Saints quarterback Drew Brees, whose 72.0 rate edged past Bradford's 2016 mark of 71.6 for a new National Football League record.

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