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 Friday. “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. Bradford also started Minnesota’s fifth game of the season against Chicago, but exited after completing just 5 of 11 passes for 36 yards while being sacked four times.
Carter was activated from the practice squad on Dec. 15 and appeared in three games.