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EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn.—Mike Zimmer's message seems to finally have gotten through to Laquon Treadwell. The Vikings coach has told the second-year receiver he can't work out so hard all the time because recovery is important in the NFL. Zimmer said that about four weeks ago, it sunk in. "He's doing good," Zimmer said Thursday. "I think he's understanding now about the length of the season and things you've got to do to take care of your body."
The Vikings on Wednesday placed quarterback Sam Bradford on injured reserve to make room on the roster for quarterback Teddy Bridgewater. Bradford, who has missed six of the past seven games with a left knee injury, had arthroscopic surgery on Tuesday. Bridgewater, who hasn’t played since suffering a torn ACL in August 2016, was elevated from the physically unable to perform (PUP) list on the last day the Vikings could do so.
Vikings quarterback Sam Bradford, who missed last Sunday’s game at Pittsburgh with a knee injury, did not practice Friday and reportedly will miss his second straight game. ESPN reported that Bradford, who was hurt in the Sept. 11 opener against New Orleans, is not expected to play Sunday against Tampa Bay at U.S. Bank Stadium. ESPN reported that Bradford on Friday was to visit James Andrews, a renowned orthopedic surgeon who previously has operated on his left knee, to get a second opinion on pain in the knee. Andrews’ office is in Gulf Breeze, Fla.
PITTSBURGH—The Pittsburgh Steelers are getting the breaks when it comes to opposing quarterbacks this season. A week after beating a rookie quarterback in the opener, the Steelers harassed Minnesota Vikings reserve quarterback Case Keenum in a 26-9 Pittsburgh win at Heinz Field on Saturday, Sept. 17. Keenum got the call over Sam Bradford, who developed swelling in his knee late in the week and was ruled out after a brief pre-game workout.
EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn.—When talking about how hard they would go after offensive linemen in free agency, Vikings coach Mike Zimmer said last week they didn't want to "rob Peter to pay Paul.'' Regardless of how it happened, Minnesota sure paid Riley and Mike. The Vikings on Friday signed free-agent right tackle Mike Remmers and officially signed left tackle Riley Reiff after he had reached a deal with them Thursday. They doled out more than $88 million for the two.
EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn.—Chad Greenway, one of the greatest pro football players to hail from South Dakota, will retire from the Minnesota Vikings Tuesday. The Mount Vernon native who has played 11 seasons with the Vikings will hold a press conference at 11 a.m. Tuesday, March 7, to formally announce his retirement from the NFL. Greenway, 34, played his final game Jan. 1 against Chicago and said he would take some time with family to make a decision on a potential 12th season before the announcement on Monday.
EDEN PRAIRIE—It took eight months, but Taylor Symmank had finally made the Vikings' roster. The punter from Texas Tech was impressive at a rookie minicamp last May, and the Vikings considered signing him. It didn't work out then, but Symmank signed last week. "They were interested, but they just wanted to see how things played out with what was going on, and see how the roster spots and things like that would work out," Symmank said.
EDEN PRAIRIE—The Vikings' dink-and-dunk attack might land Sam Bradford in the NFL record book. The quarterback has completed 71.6 percent of his passes this season. That's on pace to break the mark of 71.2 percent set by Drew Brees of New Orleans in 2011.