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Vikings’ Zimmer undecided on whether to activate QB Bradford

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Minnesota Vikings head coach Mike Zimmer says he hasn’t made a decision regarding the status of quarterback Sam Bradford, who has practiced the last two weeks in an attempt to be activated from the injured reserve list.

Case Keenum will be the Vikings starting quarterback in Sunday’s NFC Divisional Round playoff game against the New Orleans Saints.

After practice on Friday, Zimmer refuted a report that Bradford might be activated.

A writer for the Boston Globe tweeted Friday the “Vikings plan to dress” Bradford, who hasn’t been active since Week 5 against the Chicago Bears.

“I don’t know how the Boston Globe would know because I haven’t made any decisions yet,” Zimmer said.

Bradford was placed on the IR on Nov. 8 after undergoing arthroscopic surgery to clean his left knee. He became eligible to practice before the Vikings’ Week 17 game, but didn’t until the following Tuesday. Since then, he’s participated in five practices.

“It’s kind of hard to get (Bradford) reps when you’re getting your starter ready,” Zimmer said. “Forty reps in a practice, and he gets five and Bridgewater gets five.”

Bradford started in Week 1 against the Saints and passed for 346 yards, three touchdowns and a career high 143.0 passer rating, despite injuring his knee in the game.

The Vikings are operating within a three-week window to move Bradford to the active roster or keep him on IR. The latest they could make a move would be the week leading into the Super Bowl on Jan. 24, should they still be playing.

If Minnesota decides to activate Bradford ahead of this weekend’s game, Zimmer says he believes the quarterback is healthy enough to play, should the Vikings need to go down the depth chart.

Vikings cornerback Terence Newman (foot) was listed as questionable for Sunday. The veteran didn’t practice Thursday but was a limited participant on Friday.

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