Sam Bradford out with soreness, Teddy Bridgewater progressing for Minnesota Vikings

The Minnesota Vikings’ backups got a lot more work on Tuesday with Sam Bradford sitting out.

Sam Bradford didn’t miss a game because of injury last year, but he took some time off Tuesday with what head coach Mike Zimmer termed muscle tightness.

“He was throwing, but he’s got a little muscle tightness so we backed him off,” Zimmer said after Tuesday’s practice.

“I think he’ll be out here tomorrow.”

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Bradford was throwing during individual drills without any noticeable difference, but once the full-offense came together against the full-team defense, he sat out while Case Keenum took the reps with the starters.

This is Bradford’s first full offseason with the Vikings after the team traded for him when Teddy Bridgewater was lost for the season with a severe knee injury on Aug. 30.

“Sam and I have talked a lot, even when I was gone, about a lot of different things,” Zimmer said. “It’s been good in that way, but it’s been good for him to be around the players and for him to take more of an ownership role [rather than] coming in new in the beginning of [last] season and just trying to figure out where to live. Those things have all been taken care of now. I think he feels much more comfortable now. He’s taking on some of the things I’m trying to get him to do. I think he feels better about it.”

The Vikings have two more days of organized team activities this week, then the mandatory three-day minicamp next week before taking time off prior to the start of training camp in late July.

Bridgewater, meanwhile, continues to increase his activities during OTAs as he tries to work his way back from a dislocated knee and multiple torn ligaments, including the anterior cruciate ligament. He still isn’t cleared to practice in full-team drills; instead, he is limited to throwing to receivers when he they are doing one-on-one or individual drills.

Still, Zimmer has seen the progress Bridgewater is making.

“He’s got to get cleared by the doctors. Sometimes when you see a guy every day, you don’t notice the progress that he’s made,” Zimmer said. “I’m gone for two weeks and he obviously is not on the tape. I come back yesterday and I said, ‘Teddy, he’s moving better’ and quite a bit better, in my opinion. He’s still got a long way to go, but I think he’s happy with the progress. 

“I know that he’s very impatient about wanting to get out there and go, but we have to do what’s in the best interest of him in the long run. At the end, the final say is going to be the doctors. When they say, hey, he’s good to go – they gave him the green light to do a little more stuff on the side, as you saw today – but it’s just going to continue to take time and keep progressing at the right pace.”

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