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Vikings' Sam Bradford expected to play despite ailing knee

17 September 2017, 03:04 | Charlene Valdez

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Case Keenum, who has started 24 National Football League games, would be the Vikings starting quarterback against the Pittsburgh Steelers if Bradford can not play.

The quarterback experienced pain, swelling and discomfort in his left knee after the Vikings' season-opening win over the Saints - the same knee he had surgery on in 2013 and 2014 to fix a torn ACL. So was he just rusty after holding out until after the last preseason game, or are the Steelers going to use him less in an effort to keep him fresh?

The Steelers' defense opened the season with seven sacks in their 21-18 win against Cleveland, so the Vikings offensive line will be tested a lot more than they were on Monday night against New Orleans. It's awesome what he can do at the quarterback position if he has a clean pocket to throw from.

While Tuitt went through some cardio work and hit tackling dummies, he didn't participate during the team portion of practice on Friday and hasn't been involved in contact of any kind since he felt his left arm go numb on the second play from scrimmage in last weekend's win over Cleveland.

Predicting the Steelers offense will struggle against a strong Minnesota defense is easy, but there is one guy on the Pittsburgh side of the ball who thrives on that kind of pressure: Ben Roethlisberger.

Roehtlisberger will always be a wild card, and even when the talent around him is struggling, he has shown an awesome ability to make plays downfield and orchestrate some brilliant offensive drives. Vikings lead series, 9-7, but the Steelers have won three of the past four.

This week's Minnesota Vikings at Pittsburgh Steelers game is a much-anticipated matchup between two of the best teams in the NFL.

Former University of Northern Colorado quarterback Kyle Sloter signed a three-year contract with the Minnesota Vikings worth $1.665 million. "They've always put pressure on the quarterback", said Vikings Offensive Coordinator Pat Shurmur.

Vikings coach Mike Zimmer was asked about his concern for Bradford on Friday. The Steelers beat the Vikings 16-6 in Super Bowl IX. Xavier Rhodes and linebacker?

"I'm concerned about all of our players", Zimmer told reporters. "You just got to go out there and make sure all 11 guys are on the same page. I'd be lying if I said my goal isn't to be on the active roster".

To me, it is too risky, so if you have an unproductive wide receiver or running back on the bench, I would consider dropping one or the other and picking up another quality defensive/special teams unit. The Steelers want to get him more touches, especially early in the game, so he can develop a rhythm.

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