Zimmer Expects Bradford To Start Vs. Steelers, Despite Reports Of Knee Injury

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Minnesota Vikings quarterback Sam Bradford has been on his team's injury report for the last two days with a knee injury and was listed as being limited in practice twice.

When asked if he was concerned about Bradford's health and his status for Sunday's game in Pittsburgh against the Steelers, Vikings Head Coach Mike Zimmer was terse in his response. ESPN's Chris Mortensen reported the MRI taken on Tuesday was negative, but Bradford was experiencing pain and swelling.

It is the same knee that underwent ACL repairs in 2013 and 2014, when Bradford was with the Rams. A week after only allowing one sack and keeping Bradford clean throughout the 29-19 win over New Orleans, the Vikings offensive line has an even bigger job this Sunday in protecting Bradford.

"I'm not going to get too specific but we're always going to make sure that anybody that has anything that we're trying to protect them", Zimmer said.

If Bradford did have to miss some time, which is far from certain at this point, Case Keenum would start under center for the Vikings.

Bradford was on the field and making throws at Friday's practice.

Zimmer didn't confirm the MRI at his Friday afternoon press conference, but said "I anticipate that he will" play.

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