Sam Bradford expected to practice Thursday

Sam Bradford expected to practice Thursday

The Vikings' starting quarterback did not indicate whether he will be playing on Monday night against the Chicago Bears, but said he hoped to know within the next two practices rather than being a game-time decision.

The Vikings listed Bradford (knee) as a limited participant at Thursday's practice. "I think, again, being able to go out there yesterday and practice was obviously a step in the right direction".

Bradford spoke to reporters Friday, before his second straight practice with the team.

Coach Mike Zimmer said he doesn't know yet whether Bradford or backup Case Keenum will start on Monday against the Bears, but the extra day before the game will give Bradford a better chance to be cleared for a return. "But I'd say after going down there it was definitely good news". "I am going to have to play through some discomfort".

"It's comforting knowing that if things go according to plan, that it should be something that eventually goes away".

He flew to Pensacola, Fla., on September 22 to visit Dr. James Andrews, who performed both of the ACL repairs on Bradford's left knee in 2013 and 2014.

The Vikings have turned to Case Keenum this season in Bradford's absence and will likely continue to do so if the latter can not play.

"I would like to have a better idea before then", Bradford said.

"If he's ready to play, he'll play", Zimmer said, per the Star Tribune. That trip confirmed the Vikings' initial belief there was no structural damage to Bradford's knee, and the quarterback said Friday the pain and swelling in his knee should disappear over time. So I've got faith in him.