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The Vikings activated the quarterback off injured reserve Saturday after a left knee injury sent him to the sideline earlier this season. The 30-year-old sustained a knee injury during that contest and struggled in a brief comeback attempt against the Chicago Bears in Week 5 before being shut down for the rest of the regular season.
Bradford hasn't played in a game since then, and went on injured reserve November 8 after having his third operation on his left knee the day before.
The Vikings turned to backup Case Keenum in Bradford's absence, going 11-3 in the 14 games he started. It began as soon as Week 2 and has now continued all the way up to the day before the team's divisional round playoff matchup against the New Orleans Saints.
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Bradford's activation does not guarantee he will be among the 46 active players Sunday, and it's unclear whether Bridgewater will continue to back up Keenum as he has been doing since Week 10 or whether the Vikings will turn to Bradford now that he is back on the active roster.
Teddy Bridgewater and Kyle Sloter give the Vikings four quarterbacks on the active roster. The last time they dressed three QBs for a game was on November 7, 2013, while Leslie Frazier was still the head coach for a game against the Washington Redskins. Minnesota has never had three quarterbacks active during a game since coach Mike Zimmer arrived in 2014.
It feels like it nearly has to be Bradford, otherwise why activate him, right?