Sam Bradford (knee) limited in Vikings' practice on Thursday

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Bradford joined the team on the field in a limited basis Wednesday and again on Thursday, when Zimmer sounded upbeat about his progress.

The Bucs are gearing up for their first road trip of the 2017 National Football League season as they finish their final preparations to take on the Vikings in Minnesota on Sunday. Every back would. Just have to play, have to get it done. "That's one of the things I'm working on".

Vikings rookie running back Dalvin Cook has had enough with these slow starts. Bradford, who underwent ACL surgeries on the same knee in 2013 and 2014, is seeking a second opinion from orthopedic specialist Dr. James Andrews, according to ESPN's Chris Mortensen.

In his first appearance with the Vikings, Keenum completed 20 of 37 passes for 167 yards with a passer rating of 65.9 against the Steelers. It didn't matter who you were, where you came from, what you did, everybody was important to him.

"That's what I'm working on", Cook said. The game was boring for fans and embarrassing for the team, and the road ahead won't get any easier.

That caused Spielman to send a first-round pick to Philadelphia for Bradford in an attempt to save the season and avoid making veteran journeyman Shaun Hill the starter.

The hope was that Bradford would only miss a week of play, but his status remains a situation to monitor as we creep closer to Sunday. That was neither confirmed nor denied when Bradford talked to the press this week, but considering the fact that Vikings head coach Mike Zimmer said that Bradford "twisted" his knee during the Saints game, it doesn't sound a whole lot like a bone bruise but rather some sort of tendon or ligament issue.

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"Everybody throws different", wide receiver Stefon Diggs said.

"Mike Marchinsky (of the Steelers" marketing department) bought it to my attention early in the week, said we might do it, would you be OK with it?"

TAKING THEIR SHOTS: The Steelers threw deep repeatedly against the Vikings, as they had meant to all along. "They're throwing to a spot, anyways, not a guy".

Keenum is 2-0 straight up and against the spread in his career against the Bucs in the Jameis Winston era. The Tampa Bay Buccaneers ground game is averaging 117 yards per contest, and Jacquizz Rodgers leads the way with 67 yards and one touchdown.

In 2015, he was 14-for-17 for 234 yards and two scores (a 158.0 QB rating) and previous year, he was 14-for-26 for 190 and two touchdowns with an interception. Jacquizz Rodgers was the leading rusher with 67 yards and a touchdown.

Bucs DT Gerald McCoy said his teammates are aware of their lack of success against Keenum. Defensive coordinator Mike Smith schemed against the quarterback past year.

Daniels, along with left tackle David Bakhtiari (hamstring), safety Kentrell Brice (groin), receiver Randall Cobb (chest), cornerback Davon House (quad), and linebackers Nick Perry (hand) and Jake Ryan (hamstring/concussion) are listed as doubtful - meaning they are unlikely to play.

While that may end up helping individual matchups, Keenum's job doesn't get any easier.

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