Vikings officially activate Sam Bradford for Sunday

Playoff start No. 1 is no time for Case Keenum to turn timid

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If the Minnesota Vikings top the New Orleans Saints on Sunday, they'll be one step closer to becoming the first team in National Football League history to host their own Super Bowl.

Bradford, who completed 27 of his 32 passes for 346 yards and three touchdowns in the Vikings' season-opening win over New Orleans, twisted his left knee in the game, and missed the team's next three games before making a truncated return on October 9 against the Bears.

Between Case Keenum, Teddy Bridgewater, Bradford and Kyle Sloter, the Vikings now have four quarterbacks on the 53-man roster. With the decision, the Vikings also waived tight end Kyle Carter. Early-season injuries to Sam Bradford and Dalvin Cook, the two most important pieces of a promising offense, didn't stop the Vikings from running away with the NFC North title. In that game, the quarterback sustained a noncontact knee injury that forced him to miss his next three starts. Bridgewater was activated off injured reserve on the same day that Bradford was placed on IR.

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Bradford, Bridgewater and Case Keenum are all scheduled to become free agents after the season, and Bradford's return to health during the playoffs could help his case if he hits the open market in March.

If this is true, it's possible that Bradford could suit up as the team's third-string option against New Orleans, but Minnesota has not had three quarterbacks active for a single game since Leslie Frazier was the team's coach in 2013.

Zimmer did say that he believes Bradford is healthy enough to play should the Vikings need to rely on him in the postseason.

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