Vikings activate Bridgewater, put Bradford on IR

Vikings activate Bridgewater, put Bradford on IR

ESPN reported Bradford had his left knee "cleaned up" Tuesday to hopefully ease his pain.

ESPN's Chris Mortensen is reporting that the Minnesota Vikings could place Bradford on Injured Reserve to make room for Bridgewater to come off the Physically Unable to Perform list.

For the first time in almost 15 months, Teddy Bridgewater is back on the Minnesota Vikings' active roster. Now, Minnesota will have to choose whether to stick with Case Keenum, who has led the Vikings to an NFC North-leading 6-2 record, or make a midseason switch to Bridgewater.

Mortensen says Andrews had previously shared that Bradford's knee is structurally sound, and nothing he saw during Tuesday's procedure would indicate anything different.

Bridgewater was placed on the PUP list to start the season, and he returned to practice October 18, the first day he was eligible. Bradford returned briefly in Week 5, attempting just 11 passes in the Vikings' win over the Chicago Bears before ceding the job to Keenum. He'll earn $18 million in 2017 from the Vikings with a $14 million base salary and a $4 million roster bonus.

Bridgewater has hasn't played since suffering a torn left ACL in August 2016.

Bridgewater, whom the Vikings selected in the first round of the 2015 draft, has not played since the 2015 playoffs.

Bridgewater is expected to serve as the backup, with quarterback Kyle Sloter also on the roster.

Bradford, who was acquired via trade from the Eagles after Bridgewater's injury, started the season opener but suffered a non-contact injury shortly thereafter.

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