Injuries: Sam Bradford returning to Vikings practice

Injuries: Sam Bradford returning to Vikings practice

Sam Bradford‘s long-awaited return to the practice field is becoming a reality.

The Minnesota Vikings quarterback will return 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.

Here are the other injuries we’re monitoring Tuesday:

1. Steelers coach Mike Tomlin told reporters that Antonio Brown (calf) is progressing well through is rehab. Tomlin added that if the Steelers, who have a first-round bye, had a game this weekend, then Brown would be characterized as questionable. This bodes well for Brown’s prospects in the Divisional Round.

2. The Falcons‘ push toward a second consecutive Super Bowl will continue without a starting offensive lineman. Guard Andy Levitre (triceps) was placed on injured reserve Tuesday.

3. 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.

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