Published: Mon, October 09, 2017
Sport | By Billy Aguilar

Sam Bradford 'trending the right way' for return against Chicago

Sam Bradford 'trending the right way' for return against Chicago

The Vikings listed Bradford as a limited participant, but the sound of encouragement in his voice that was missing earlier only further raised the possibility that he'll be back under center when they play at Chicago on Monday night.

The Vikings have turned to Case Keenum this season in Bradford's absence and will likely continue to do so if the latter can not play.

Rookie quarterback Mitchell Trubisky, the No. 2 overall pick out of North Carolina, is scheduled to make his National Football League debut after the Bears benched ineffective starter Mike Glennon.

Bradford has missed the past three games and did not practice all last week after visiting renowned orthopedic surgeon, Dr. James Andrews, Sept. 22 in Florida. He has been kept out of the past three games because of a sore left knee that stemmed from the season opener.

Case Keenum has never played the Bears.

As for the Bears, Trubisky completed 36 of 53 passes (67.9 percent) for 364 yards with three touchdowns and no interceptions (passer rating of 106.2) in the preseason. Veteran Latavius Murray and fourth-year back Jerick McKinnon will share his workload in the backfield. They have 24 combined carries for 64 yards.

Both of Chicago's main running backs are healthy, and represent a big part of the Bears offense.

Howard, who is the more powerful of the two, has 252 rushing yards and four scores.

"He's a little more inexperienced", Zimmer said of Trubisky, who started only 13 games at North Carolina.

"And Cohen, he's a scat back guy".

Bradford continued to discuss his injury, noting he might have to play through pain all year long.

What is the Vikings vs. Bears line?

Kick off at Soldier Field in Chicago is 7:30 p.m. CDT. It has only allowed four sacks in four games, including a crucial red-zone sack in the waning minutes against Detroit that was a result of Keenum checking out the wrong protection scheme at the line.

Thursday, Bradford confirmed that, but cast doubt as to whether his injury would fully heal by the end of the season.

"We just haven't had success there", Rudolph said. This is a tough divisional stretch for Minnesota, so having its starting quarterback would be huge. However, the Vikings have struggled at Soldier Field, losing eight of their past nine games in the Windy City. The Vikings have allowed 11 conversions on 43 attempts (25.6 percent).

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