Source: QB Bradford expected out vs. Bucs

Minnesota Vikings quarterback Sam Bradford is not expected to play Sunday against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, a source told ESPN’s Dan Graziano.

Bradford’s left knee did not respond well to practice work this week, the source said. The quarterback practiced on a limited basis Wednesday and Thursday but was not present for the portion of practice open to the media Friday morning.

Bradford reported Friday morning to the team’s medical personnel that he was feeling fairly pronounced pain in his knee, a day after there was optimism expressed by coach Mike Zimmer that the quarterback was feeling better and had a chance of playing Sunday.

The Vikings will again look to Case Keenum to start Sunday. Keenum struggled against the Pittsburgh Steelers’ pressure last week and finished 20-of-37 for 167 yards.

Zimmer will address the media Friday afternoon.

Earlier this week, Bradford described the injury as a noncontact one suffered during the Vikings’ Week 1 win over the New Orleans Saints.

Bradford tore the ACL in his left knee in 2013 and again in 2014. He underwent surgeries to repair the ligament and has experience with what has worked and what hasn’t with his rehab.

“This particular issue we’re dealing with, I’m not sure if I’ve ever dealt with it before,” he said.

Bradford is seeking a second opinion from orthopedic specialist Dr. James Andrews, who performed the ACL repairs on the quarterback’s left knee, team and league sources told ESPN’s Chris Mortensen.

Bradford left Minneapolis on Friday morning and is expected to see Andrews later in the day, sources said.

ESPN’s Courtney Cronin contributed to this report.


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