Vikings quarterback Sam Bradford hopeful he can play Monday

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He last took the practice field on Sept 21. prior to getting a second opinion from Dr. James Andrews.

Visiting Dr. Andrews, Bradford said, was to "make sure there wasn't anything else there" with his knee injury, which NFL Network reported to be a bone bruise.

"It's comforting knowing that if things go according to plan, that it should be something that eventually goes away". After lighting up the New Orleans Saints in Week 1, the quarterback has missed the last three games with an injured knee. He sat out last week's practice.

When asked if Bradford will be the team's starter this week, Vikings coach Mike Zimmer answered with the most non-answer ever.

"At this point, you're going to have to play through some discomfort", Bradford said. The goal is just to be able to go out there and feel comfortable and be able to play.

The Vikings certainly would love to have Bradford back in the lineup. The 29-year-old acknowledged that he may not feel 100 percent healthy for the entire season. He did not comment on how much he was able to do.

"Right now, considering what I did yesterday and the way it feels, I feel good", Bradford said. He'll have two more opportunities this week to increase his involvement in practice, and if he's able to do so, his odds of suiting up for the Monday night matchup with the Bears would increase.

"Hopefully after today's practice, tomorrow's practice, seeing how it responds to multiple days of practice, multiple days of work, I'll have a better idea of what it's going to be like", he said.

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