Sam Bradford’s season is over. The Minnesota Vikings are placed him on the injured reserve list, according to NFL insider Ian Rapoport.
Not exactly the best birthday gift for Bradford, who turns 30 years old today.
This year marks another lost season for the oft-injured quarterback. Bradford played very well in the Vikings’ season opener, but he’s been plagued by a knee issue ever since. Bradford recently had a procedure done on his knee.
Bradford is set to be replaced on the roster by the injured quarterback he originally replaced last year: Teddy Bridgewater. It’s expected that Bridgewater will be the backup, however, with Case Keenum continuing to start for now.
I’ve said it like a billion times by now, but I just can’t believe how the Eagles seriously traded Bradford for a 2017 first-round pick and a 2018 fourth-round pick. That first-round pick ended up being Derek Barnett. I’ve seen some people say the 2018 fourth-round pick turned into Jay Ajayi, but that’s not necessarily true. The fourth-round pick the Eagles traded to the Dolphins for Ajayi was conditional. The condition being: the Eagles will send the SECOND of their three fourth-round picks to Miami. It’s possible that pick could be the one from the Vikings, but it’s not guaranteed just yet. Just wanted to clear that up.
But yeah, back to Bradford. It certainly sucks for him that he hasn’t been able to stay healthy. That’s just one of the reasons the Eagles couldn’t afford to risk moving forward with him as their starter.
The Eagles wisely hedged their short-term bet on Bradford by investing in a long-term option at quarterback: Carson Wentz. I’d say that trade has worked out so far considering the second-year passer is already the favorite to win NFL MVP.