Injuries: Sam Bradford returns to Vikings practice
Sam Bradford’s long-awaited return to the practice field has become a reality.
The Minnesota Vikings quarterback returned to practice Tuesday for the first time since undergoing arthroscopic knee surgery in November. Coach Mike Zimmer told reporters last week he anticipated Bradford practicing again after the regular season ended.
What remains unclear is when or if the Vikings will have Bradford back in uniform for the playoffs. With Case Keenum excelling and Teddy Bridgewater a more than capable backup, there’s no need to rush Bradford back. He remains on injured reserve for now.
4. Houston Texans coach Bill O’Brien said quarterback Deshaun Watson continues to make progress in his return from the surgically repaired torn ACL which derailed his rookie season. O’Brien said Watson is ahead of schedule in his ongoing rehabilitation and there’s a chance he will be available to participate in organized team activities in some format.
5. Seattle Seahawks coach Pete Carroll said cornerback Richard Sherman, who is continuing to recover from a torn Achilles tendon, will undergo a surgical procedure to clean up bone spurs on his opposite leg.
6. San Francisco 49ers linebacker Brock Coyle underwent surgery to repair a torn labrum. He’ll be out for at least five months, general manager John Lynch said.
With the Buccaneers sitting at 4-11 heading into Sunday’s season finale against the New Orleans Saints, there was speculation regarding Koetter’s future in Tampa. Koetter admitted earlier this week that speculation about his job being in danger was a distraction.
In addition, there were reports that former Bucs coach and ESPN analyst Jon Gruden was interested in the job. Rapoport reported last week that Tampa was Gruden’s preferred destination for a coaching return.