Sam Bradford expected to miss Week 3 with knee injury

Vikings offensive coordinator Pat Shurmur hinted on Thursday that Bradford was making progress, but he apparently is not 100 percent healthy.

INJURY UPDATE: Pittsburgh rookie LB T.J. Watt left in the first half with a groin issue but said he considers it "something minor". Sunday it just didn't feel right.

Bradford missed the Vikings' game last week due to soreness and pain in his left knee, and was limited in practice this week.

"Mike Marchinsky (of the Steelers" marketing department) bought it to my attention early in the week, said we might do it, would you be OK with it?"

Just as he was limited in practice for week two, Bradford has only taken limited reps this week as well, in hopes that the knee injury is temporary and will pass with time.

Bradford wouldn't disclose what kind of treatment he's undergoing to reduce the swelling in his knee and if he had received a cortisone shot. "It wasn't ready to go". However, to this point Bradford has been told there is no structural damage to his knee. I think he continues to get better each week.

"You've got to be able to play quarterback".

What to believe? All I believe is that when the Vikings signed Kyle Sloter and put him on the active roster on Saturday, that telegraphed that Bradford would not play.

"I think we'll figure that out as we go", he said.

And if Bradford isn't able to return to the field in short order, the Vikings' playoff path could be a bumpy one. There won't be much room for missed extra points, turnovers or injuries to other key players. "He's a very efficient quarterback".

Still, as the Vikings begin preparations for Sunday's game at home against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, little is known about Bradford's knee injury. I'm excited to see what we do in the next game and what we learn from the next game. But without Sam Bradford throwing to him, he' said not as effective a receiver. They create the ball coming out of you hands quick.

But the Steelers' hosting of Minnesota on Sunday afternoon at Heinz Field wasn't just another game.

"Ezekiel Elliott, he had a great year last year and he went against eight-man boxes, so it is what it is". He caught five passes for 120 yards and a TD in the Cardinals' OT win at Indy.

New England head coach Bill Belichick was asked if he'll throw Brady a bone and buy his new book.

"No, not really", Zimmer said.

"I didn't know Bradford wasn't playing until the second drive of the game", Dupree admitted.

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