But after returning to practice late last week, ESPN's Courtney Cronin reported Sunday night that head coach Mike Zimmer "anticipates" Bradford playing Monday night against the Chicago Bears. Bears rookie quarterback, Mitchell Trubisky will make his National Football League debut stepping in for the struggling veteran, Mike Glennon. He's going to make mistakes and miss coverage schemes, but it's all a part of the learning process, and letting him loose is going to pay dividends for him in the long run if the Bears can fully commit to it.
Minnesota's offense is in a sorry state, with quarterback Sam Bradford in injury limbo (though he's expected to start the game) and promising rookie running back Dalvin Cook out for the year with a torn ACL.
Chicago Bears inside linebacker John Timu (53) tackles Minnesota Vikings wide receiver Adam Thielen (19) during the first half of an NFL football game, Monday, Oct. 9, 2017, in Chicago.
While Minnesota lost one impact player, it will see the return of another as Michael Floyd has served his four-game suspension for violating the NFL's substance abuse policy.
The afformentioned quarterback was the last first round pick to start for the Bears in his rookie season.
Minnesota is also dealing with injuries.
Case Keenum was able to drive down field on the Vikings' first drive of the quarter for a touchdown, and the second time the road team got the ball, it went for the same result. There is reason for caution coming off a three-game absence, but Bradford is worth a look in primetime DFS slates.