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CHICAGO — Vikings quarterback Sam Bradford apparently will return to the lineup Monday night against Chicago after missing three games with a knee injury. ESPN reported that Minnesota coach Mike Zimmer told the network’s Monday Night Football crew in a production meeting Sunday, Oct. 8, he “anticipates” Bradford will start in the nationally televised game at Soldier Field. Bradford hurt his left knee Sept. 11 on Monday Night Football against New Orleans, but didn’t come out of the game. He was replaced the past three games by backup Case Keenum, and the Vikings went 1-2.
EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn.—Don't expect to see quarterback Sam Bradford in promos for the Minnesota Vikings' game at Chicago on ESPN's Monday Night Football. Bradford, who has missed the past three games with a knee injury, returned to practice Thursday on a limited basis, his first workout in two weeks. But ESPN analyst Jon Gruden doesn't believe Bradford will take the field against the Bears.
MINNEAPOLIS — The Vikings return Monday to Soldier Field, where last season began to implode. On Oct. 31, 2016, the Vikings entered their "Monday Night Football" game with a 5-1 record. Chicago was 1-6 but the Bears dominated, winning 20-10 and sending Minnesota into a tailspin. On the Tuesday after the game, head coach Mike Zimmer had surgery on his right eye, the first of eight that started when he scratched his eye in Chicago. By Wednesday, Norv Turner had resigned as offensive coordinator.
LAS VEGAS — Former Vikings quarterback Randall Cunningham opened the door to put his dog outside late Sunday night at his Las Vegas home. He immediately heard sirens blaring. His wife, Felicity, turned on the news and the two saw what was happening at Mandalay Bay Resort, a five-minute drive from their house. "We just started praying, and soon people were calling us from all over the country wanting to known whether everything is OK," Cunningham said in a phone interview Monday night, Oct. 2.
MINNEAPOLIS — The Vikings were braced for bad news and got it Monday, Oct. 1. Rookie running back Dalvin Cook is out for the season because of a torn ligament in his left knee. Cook was hurt when he wrenched the knee while making a cut in the third quarter of Sunday's 14-7 loss to Detroit at U.S. Bank Stadium. A magnetic resonance imaging exam Monday confirmed that he has a torn anterior cruciate ligament.
MINNEAPOLIS — The kicker entered Sunday having made all 21 of his field-goal attempts since joining the Vikings last November. But in the third quarter of a 14-7 loss to Detroit, he clanged his only attempt off the right upright from 39 yards out. "I just got to go in and make that every time I go on the field,'' Forbath said. "I've got to make kicks when my team needs it. The streak ends with a kick that was makeable, and I've made so many times. It's frustrating, but I'll start a new streak next week.''
EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn. — Vikings wide receiver Michael Floyd will be back on the roster next week. Floyd's four-game NFL suspension ends with the Sunday's game against Detroit at U.S. Bank Stadium. The St. Paul native and former Cretin-Derham Hall High School star was said to be quite anxious about his return. "He's staying in shape, working out,'' Minnesota safety Harrison Smith, Floyd's teammate at Notre Dame, said Friday, Sept. 29. "I know he's excited to get back out there. ... He's ready to go and to help the team any way he can.''
MINNEAPOLIS — The unflattering comments by Vikings defensive end Everson Griffen about Detroit tackle Greg Robinson have gotten the attention of folks in Thibodaux, La., population 14,000. Griffen this week called Robinson, the most notable athlete to come out of the bayou town, "lazy.'' He will face off against the left tackle Sunday, Oct. 1, at U.S. Bank Stadium.
MINNEAPOLIS — Vikings hall of fame coach Bud Grant is taking a more measured approach on national anthem protests. Grant, a World War II veteran, had his teams line up in a precise formation for the anthem, and even practiced it during training camp. Last year, he called then-San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick "trash" and said he should go to "Mongolia, Bolivia or Bangladesh" because of his decision to sit and then kneel during the anthem.
MINNEAPOLIS — It was typical day during organized-team activities in June 2016, and Vikings guard Mike Harris was battling to keep his starting job. Following a practice, he returned to his home in Eden Prairie, Minn., to study his iPad. Suddenly, everything changed for Harris. "I felt like I was having a stroke," Harris said Tuesday, Sept. 26. "I got home and I just remember being on my iPad and my vision went blurry, went double. I couldn't see."