Sam Bradford to practice Thursday

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Minnesota Vikings quarterback Sam Bradford will practice Thursday with an eye on potentially playing in Monday's contest against the Chicago Bears.

Bradford, who suffered a noncontact injury to his left knee during a Week 1 win over New Orleans and last practiced on September 21, on Friday said the knee has "come a long ways" after he returned to practice Thursday.

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

"Last week, not practicing, the whole goal of that was just to get rest and try to rehab it so that when I got back out there this week my knee had a chance to feel as good as it could", Bradford said. "I feel much better on it, I feel much more comfortable moving around".

"I think it was definitely good news down there", Bradford said. "I am going to have to play through some discomfort".

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.

Bradford said when he does return, he doesn't expect to feel fully healthy. In his absence, the Vikings have lost two out of the last three games with backup Case Keenum under center.

"When he's ready to play, he'll play", Zimmer said. "Sam's a great quarterback". 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. "It was comforting knowing that if things go according to plan, it should be something that eventually goes away". We're trying to start something new.

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