Green Bay Packers wide receiver Jordy Nelson exited Sunday’s game against the Atlanta Falcons with a quad injury. He was originally listed as questionable to return to the Sunday Night Football matchup. Later, he was declared out.
It’s not a secret that the Browns are one of the most hilariously bad franchises in all of sports. Since they came back to the NFL in 1999, there hasn’t been a whole lot to cheer about.
What does this mean? The Vikings are now without two quarterbacks, including Teddy Bridgewater, due to knee injuries. Until Bradford is healthy again, they will have to rely on Keenum’s arm. Minnesota signed him over the offseason to serve as a backup behind Bradford. Keenum isn’t a prolific passer like Bradford, but he can extend plays with his legs.
No one knows how this offense will look with Keenum at the helm. After all, this is the same quarterback who threw 2,201 yards to go along with nine touchdowns and 11 interceptions with the Rams last year.
You can’t expect this offense to look like it did in Week 1, when Bradford was one of the best quarterbacks in the league. Keenum doesn’t have the arm talent to make plays consistently in the passing game. If he gets hurt, recently promoted undrafted rookie Kyle Sloter will handle snaps for Minnesota.
Why does this matter? In a competitive NFC North, Minnesota’s playoff hopes depend on Bradford’s durability. Despite the Vikings’ strong defense and rushing attack, this team cannot clinch a playoff spot without Bradford leading the way.
If Bradford’s knee issue continues to linger, this could turn into a long season for Minnesota. Indeed, it’s only Week 2, and there is a lot of football left in this young season. On the other hand, Bradford has an extensive track record of knee injures. He missed more than half of the 2013 season because of a torn ACL. That following preseason, he tore that same ACL again and sat out for the entire 2014 season.