This #Sam Bradford injury update points to a serious issue with his mobility against a punishing defense from the Pittsburgh Steelers.
The Steelers passing game started off the season on a bright note, thanks again to Brown, who accompanied for 69% of the teams receiving yards. The Vikings are a better team against the run than the Browns are, making Pittsburgh's task this week a bit hard.
The 23-year-old quarterback completed 31 of 43 passes for 413 yards, 3 touchdowns, no interceptions and a passer rating of 125.4 during his preseason game appearances. But the Steelers were able to hold onto the ball for the remainder of the game for the win.
Bradford is coming off one of the finest games of his career in a 29-19 victory over the Saints on Monday night. The Steelers need him to get out to a fast start and keep the Vikings' defense honest.
Against the Saints, the Vikings debuted their new workhorse running back.
The Vikings missing the playoffs with an 8-8 record last season masked the fact that Bradford had a career year, leading the National Football League in completion percentage (71.6) and throwing just five interceptions.
Offensively, the Vikings' line needs another clean performance.
And frankly, this injury lingering for any substantial amount of time could be wildly detrimental to Minnesota. Dalvin Cook rushed 22 times for 127 yards, breaking off bigger runs as the game progressed. Pittsburgh WR Antonio Brown had 11 catches for 182 yards in Week 1. Presently came along a wolf, and knocked at the door, and said, "Little pig, little pig, let me come in". Last week, Drew Brees was effective working passes to his backs against the Vikings defense - Mark Ingram had 5 catches for 54 yards and rookie Alvin had another 4 catches for 20 yards. But beating the Steelers in their home opener is still a tall task for anyone.
To me, it is too risky, so if you have an unproductive wide receiver or running back on the bench, I would consider dropping one or the other and picking up another quality defensive/special teams unit.