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MINNEAPOLIS — Case Keenum has a chance to be another Kurt Warner. Just ask Warner. "No doubt," he said. During the 1999 season, the undrafted quarterback emerged from obscurity to lead the St. Louis Rams to victory in Super Bowl XXXIV.
MINNEAPOLIS — Case Keenum will start at quarterback for the Vikings in Sunday, Jan. 14's playoff game against New Orleans, but the intriguing question is: Who will be his backup? According to a report Friday by the Boston Globe, the Vikings plan to activate and dress out Sam Bradford, who is on injured reserve with a knee injury and hasn't played since Oct. 9. According to the report, it's unclear whether Teddy Bridgewater, the backup during the final eight weeks of the regular season, will be in uniform.
MINNEAPOLIS — A week off was just what Vikings tight end Kyle Rudolph needed. Rudolph sprained his right ankle during the Dec. 10 game at Carolina and limped through the final three weeks of the regular season. After the Vikings' week off for a first-round bye and in advance of Sunday's divisional playoff game against New Orleans at U.S. Bank Stadium, Rudolph said Wednesday, Jan. 10, he feels much better. "That was kind of the light at the end of the tunnel over the last three weeks was just getting to the divisional round," Rudolph said.
MINNEAPOLIS — When the Vikings beat New Orleans 29-19 in the regular-season opener, Sam Bradford threw for 346 yards and was named NFC offensive player of the week. But there's no indication Bradford will be any sort of factor when the teams meet Sunday, Jan. 14 in a divisional playoff. Bradford, who hasn't played since Oct. 9 because of a knee injury, remains on injured reserve. The quarterback practiced last week for the first time in three months, but Minnesota coach Mike Zimmer indicated Monday there's no hurry to activate him.
EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn. — New Orleans players are apparently still chortling about their win over the Vikings in the 2009 NFC championship game. Not long after the Saints defeated Carolina 31-26 to advance to Sunday, Jan. 14's divisional playoff at U.S. Bank Stadium, Vikings radio analyst and former linebacker Ben Leber got several text messages from players who were on the winning side of that 31-28 overtime game eight years ago at the Superdome. "I was getting trash talk from some former Saints players," Leber said Monday. "I'm getting pumped up for this game."
MINNEAPOLIS—Eight years later, the Vikings can get some revenge against the New Orleans Saints. With the Saints defeating Carolina 31-26 in a wild-card game Sunday, Jan. 7, in New Orleans, they advanced to face the Vikings in a divisional playoff at 3:40 p.m. next Sunday, Jan. 14, at U.S. Bank Stadium. It will be the first playoff meeting between the teams since New Orleans defeated Minnesota 31-28 in overtime in the 2009 NFC championship game.
EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn. — The Chicago Bears will interview Vikings defensive coordinator George Edwards on Thursday night, Jan. 4, in the Twin Cities for their vacant head coaching job. The Bears, looking to replace John Fox, who was fired on Monday, already have scheduled an interview for Friday in the Twin Cities with Vikings offensive coordinator Pat Shurmur. It will be the first interview for a head coaching position for Edwards, the coordinator of the defense that finished No. 1 in the NFL in scoring defense and total defense this season.
EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn. — Vikings quarterback Case Keenum has experienced the NFL playoffs before. But he was standing on the sidelines in street clothes. Keenum was on the Houston Texans' practice squad as an undrafted rookie in 2012, when they beat Cincinnati in the playoffs at home and then lost the next week at New England. Now he's ready to put on shoulder pads for a postseason game when Minnesota takes the field Jan. 14 at U.S. Bank Stadium.
EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn. — For the first time, the Vikings held a practice Tuesday, Jan. 2, with quarterbacks Sam Bradford, Case Keenum and Teddy Bridgewater all participating. Bradford, who hasn't played since Oct. 9 because of a knee injury, took the field for his first practice since Oct. 7. Bradford is on injured reserve and the Vikings don't know if they will activate him this season, but he could provide them with another option during the playoffs.
MINNEAPOLIS — Vikings quarterback Sam Bradford, who has been on injured reserve the past two months with a knee injury, will return to practice Tuesday, Jan. 2. Bradford hasn't played since Oct. 9 and was placed on injured reserve Nov. 8. The Vikings will have three weeks from when he returns to practice to decide whether to activate him during the playoffs or keep him out the rest of the season.