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MINNEAPOLIS — Sam Bradford hardly will be alone watching Sunday's game from the sideline. As expected, the Vikings quarterback was ruled out Friday for the game against Green Bay at U.S. Bank Stadium after having not practiced all week because of a left knee injury. Two other offensive starters were listed as out in wide receiver Stefon Diggs (groin) and left guard Nick Easton (calf), who also were unable to practice all week.
MINNEAPOLIS — Former Vikings safety Paul Krause, a hall of famer, long has believed his number should be retired. But since he last suited up in 1979, 11 different Vikings players have been issued his old jersey No. 22. At least Krause feels better about the guy wearing it now, Harrison Smith, a fellow Pro Bowl safety. "I own the all-time interception record, and I think (my number) should be retired, but that's not Smith's fault," Krause said. "He's a very, very good safety."
EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn. — Two weeks ago, Vikings coach Mike Zimmer ruled quarterback Sam Bradford out after he missed two straight practices. Not on Thursday, Oct. 12. After Bradford sat out again to rest a left knee injury, Zimmer declined to speculate on his status for Sunday's game against Green Bay at U.S. Bank Stadium. "We'll see,'' Zimmer said. "I don't know.''
MINNEAPOLIS — Wide receiver Stefon Diggs calls the Vikings' running attack a "two-headed monster." One of the monsters wants to improve his bite. In their first game since rookie starter Dalvin Cook was lost for season with a torn ACL, Latavius Murray and Jerick McKinnon shared the running load in a 20-17 victory Monday, Oct. 9, at Chicago. Murray started and carried 12 times for 31 yards; McKinnon ran 16 times for 95 yards. Murray wasn't happy with his performance.
MINNEAPOLIS — If the Vikings have any thoughts of starting Sam Bradford on Sunday against Green Bay, Super Bowl-winning quarterback Joe Theismann said that would be "foolish.'' Bradford sat out practice Wednesday, Oct. 11, to rest his ailing left knee. The quarterback had missed three games before returning for Monday's 20-17 win at Chicago but aggravated the knee and was removed in the final minute of the first half.
EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn. — Vikings rookie running back Dalvin Cook underwent surgery Monday, Oct. 9, to repair a torn left ACL suffered during an Oct. 1 game. The procedure was done by noted orthopedic surgeon James Andrews in Gulf Breeze, Fla. A source had said the surgery went well and there is a "100 percent'' chance he will be recovered by the start of next season. Vikings athletic trainer Eric Sugarman concurred.
EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn. — A day after Vikings quarterback Sam Bradford didn't even last a half in his return from a left knee injury, an MRI on Tuesday, Oct. 10, showed no additional damage. Athletic trainer Eric Sugarman revealed that to reporters at Winter Park and said Bradford has "wear and tear in his knee joint.'' It's the first time the Vikings have provided specifics on Bradford's injury since he was hurt Sept. 11 against New Orleans and missed three games.
CHICAGO — The Vikings activated wide receiver Michael Floyd following a four-game NFL suspension, and he will play Monday night against the Chicago Bears at Soldier Field. The Vikings released running back Stevan Ridley, who signed with them last Thursday and participated in three practices. Floyd was suspended by the NFL after being convicted earlier this year following an arrest last December for extreme DUI. He played in each of Minnesota’s four preseason games before serving his suspension.
CHICAGO — Vikings quarterback Sam Bradford apparently will return to the lineup Monday night against Chicago after missing three games with a knee injury. ESPN reported that Minnesota coach Mike Zimmer told the network’s Monday Night Football crew in a production meeting Sunday, Oct. 8, he “anticipates” Bradford will start in the nationally televised game at Soldier Field. Bradford hurt his left knee Sept. 11 on Monday Night Football against New Orleans, but didn’t come out of the game. He was replaced the past three games by backup Case Keenum, and the Vikings went 1-2.
EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn.—Don't expect to see quarterback Sam Bradford in promos for the Minnesota Vikings' game at Chicago on ESPN's Monday Night Football. Bradford, who has missed the past three games with a knee injury, returned to practice Thursday on a limited basis, his first workout in two weeks. But ESPN analyst Jon Gruden doesn't believe Bradford will take the field against the Bears.