Published: Thu, November 09, 2017
Sports | By Phillip Butler

Teddy Bridgewater Activated from IR; Sam Bradford Placed on IR After Surgery

Teddy Bridgewater Activated from IR; Sam Bradford Placed on IR After Surgery

Covered the 49ers, Raiders and Warriors for the San Jose Mercury News.

According to multiple reports, the Vikings activated Quarterback Teddy Bridgewater to the 53-man roster Tuesday.

On Wednesday, the Vikings announced they're putting Bradford on injured reserve, a day after the quarterback underwent arthroscopic surgery on the knee that's been bothering him all this time.

Bridgewater practiced with the team on October 18 for the first time since his injury.

Ironically, Bridgewater is taking the place of Sam Bradford who was placed on injured reserve with a knee injury of his own. Keenum is expected to start Sunday against the NFC West-leading Rams, a game that could go a long way in determining whether he keeps the starting job for the stretch run. Bridgewater has not experienced any medical setbacks since rejoining the team in practice three weeks ago to lead the scout team offense. It is unclear if or when the Vikings will turn to Bridgewater.

ESPN's Chris Mortensen reported that Dr. James Andrews, who has performed several procedures on Bradford, cleaned up Bradford's knee and found no major structural damage. Bradford returned briefly in Week 5, attempting just 11 passes in the Vikings' win over the Chicago Bears before ceding the job to Keenum. Bridgewater is scheduled to become a free agent at the end of the season. He'll earn $18 million in 2017 from the Vikings with a $14 million base salary and a $4 million roster bonus. He did start 15 games for Minnesota last season, after the Vikings sent a first-round draft pick to Philadelphia to acquire him in the days after Bridgewater's injury.

Bridgewater missed the entire 2016 season after dislocating his knee during a preseason workout.

Bradford has a 9-8 record as a starter in Minnesota and has thrown 23 touchdowns to five interceptions with a 71.8 completion percentage.

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