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1-1, 2nd in NFC North

Courtney Cronin ESPN Staff Writer 

Sam Bradford going through his reps during the open portion of practice on Wednesday. He said he felt better today when we spoke with him before noon, says his body will tell him, coaching staff whether he's good to go for Sunday vs. Bucs.


Courtney Cronin ESPN Staff Writer 

Sam Bradford said he was trying to figure out if he could move, protect himself the way he needs to in a game during his pregame workout before Vikings played the Steelers. Was hopeful he was going to be able to do that after resting knee on Saturday. Said knee didn't feel right on Sunday.

Courtney Cronin ESPN Staff Writer 

Bradford says he's not sure he's ever dealt with this particular injury to his left knee, even after twice-tearing his ACL in the same knee and going through surgery/rehab process in 2013 and 2014. So it sounds like this is a new type of injury to the affected knee.

Courtney Cronin ESPN Staff Writer 

Sam Bradford spoke about the left knee injury he sustained against the Saints, saying it was the result of non-contact. He felt it during the game, didn't think it was a major concern and as the game went on it got worse. He woke up last Tuesday morning and his knee "just didn't feel very good."

Courtney Cronin ESPN Staff Writer 

Vikings have signed safety Jack Tocho to the practice squad. He was drafted by Minnesota in the 7th round and played in four preseason games where he notched six total tackles, three special teams tackles and a fumble recovery before being waived on Sept. 2. Tocho was originally a cornerback in college at N. C. State before he transitioned to safety with Minnesota.

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Power Rankings: Vikings slide a bit

Minnesota jumped five spots with an impressive Week 1 victory, but Sunday's loss and concern over Sam Bradford's health spoiled much of that progress.

Courtney Cronin ESPN Staff Writer 

Mike Zimmer said he does not believe the swelling in Sam Bradford's left knee is a result of the two surgeries he had to repair his torn ACL in 2013 and 2014. This is contrary to what he said postgame on Sunday. Zimmer believes the quarterback twisted his knee during his Week 1 performance against the Saints. He said Bradford felt something in his left knee once during the game but that it was not a cause for major concern at that moment.

Courtney Cronin ESPN Staff Writer 

Mike Zimmer says Sam Bradford is feeling better today. Probably a day to day situation with his knee that they're going to monitor. Each day is different, Zimmer says, and he anticipates Bradford will practice when he's able to practice.

Courtney Cronin ESPN Staff Writer 

Vikings back up QB Kyle Sloter says he can run "70 to 80 percent" of the playbook successfully should he need to come in and relieve Case Keenum in Week 3. Sloter did not find out he was backing up Keenum until yesterday morning when it was determined Sam Bradford was not ready to go following a light workout at Heinz Field.

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Vote: The best (and worst) so far from Week 2

What's been the best performance so far this week? What's been the most surprising result? And which teams off to a 2-0 start look most playoff-ready? Vote now.

ESPN Stats & Info

Zeke, Fitz, Diggs top fantasy duds

Ezekiel Elliott, Larry Fitzgerald and Stefon Diggs started in 100 percent of fantasy leagues on ESPN. And yet the trio combined for just 16.4 points on Sunday.

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Ranking the NFL's 1-1 teams: Vikings

Is the Vikings' offensive line substantively improved, or will the team's offseason spending spree go for naught? And can Sam Bradford stay healthy to take advantage if the group really is better?

Courtney Cronin ESPN Staff Writer 

The Vikings ‘shot themselves in the foot' as the locker room put it with penalties that undid their own progress and made way for the Steelers to get ahead. Uncharacteristic of Minnesota's disciplined defense were the offsides and pass interference calls that led to Pittsburgh moving the ball down the field, stringing together big plays and setting up the Steelers first three scoring drives. In total, the Vikings accrued 11 penalties for 131 yards.

Mistakes, lack of big plays limit Vikings against Steelers (1:27)

Courtney Cronin ESPN Staff Writer 

Big plays and penalties are what halted any momentum the Vikings tried to create in a 26-9 loss at Pittsburgh, but the team does walk away with some positive news regarding Sam Bradford's knee.

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Zimmer: Bradford won't need surgery on knee

Vikings quarterback Sam Bradford was out Sunday with an injured left knee but won't need surgery on it, according to Vikings coach Mike Zimmer.

Courtney Cronin ESPN Staff Writer 

The injury to Sam Bradford's left knee which kept him out of the Vikings 26-9 loss at Pittsburgh will not require surgery, per Mike Zimmer. The Vikings coach said the two ACL surgeries Bradford had in 2013 and 2014 cause the knee to sometimes swell up. Zimmer remains adamant that Bradford is going to be "OK" and that he will be back to run the Vikings offense, despite not having an exact time table for his return.

Courtney Cronin ESPN Staff Writer 

The middle of the field is where the Steelers were hurt by tight ends last week. Kyle Rudolph is adding to their problems today. He's been Case Keenum's top asset, turning five targets into three catches for 44 yards. Mismatch nightmare, tough to bring down, important added layer in passing game.

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Forbath can't conquer extra points

Since replacing Blair Walsh last season, Kai Forbath has been perfect on 19 field-goal attempts for the Vikings. However, he's gone just 13-of-19 on extra points, including a miss in each of the team's first two games this season.

Team Stats

Passing Yards243.512th
Rushing Yards110.0Tied-14th
Points For19.0Tied-18th
Points Against22.5Tied-22nd

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