Bradford "better" but Vikes' starting QB week 3 still up in the air

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Both quarterbacks Sam Bradford and Case Keenum spoke to the media Wednesday from the Vikings locker room at Winter Park to address the ambiguity lingering over the starting quarterback position. However, despite hearing from both players, we still don't exactly have the clarity going into the week three practice sessions.

Keenum was asked if he was ready to start another game if Bradford is still unable to go, "Nothing would surprise me really anymore in this league." Keenum said, "I'm just going to go out there and prepare like I always do."

Bradford feels "better" and hopes another missed game isn't in the cards this week. When asked of his chances to play he responded, "I would like to think that they are good, but I think a lot of it just depends on how my knee responds when we go out there and practice this week." 

Vikings trainers have been working rigorously trying to provide a balance of rest and treatment to contain the swelling and improve the health of his knee. "I think our training staff has done a great job figuring out what works and what makes it feel better."

Many were hopeful he was going to be able to play through it last weekend in Pittsburgh but he explained, "Last Sunday it just didn't feel great. It just wasn't ready to go."

When asked how he will know if he is ready to go Bradford responded, "I've been through a lot with this knee. My body will tell me if I'm ready to go by Sunday. You have to be able to play quarterback. You have to be able to move in the way your position requires you to do."

Bradford did take part in the practice following the media session, which is encouraging for his chances to start at home against Tampa Bay. 

However, head coach Mike Zimmer still stuck with the narrative that Bradford is day to day, and we may not have a concrete answer until pre-game warm ups on the turf in the hours before kick off as US Bank Stadium.  

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