Jay Glazer of FOX Sports reported on Sunday’s pregame show that Vikings QB Sam Bradford‘s knee is “much worse than people know.”
According to Glazer, Bradford’s knee has so much wear and tear and cartilage issues built up over the years that caused constant pain and swelling.
As of now, Bradford doesn’t view this a career-ending situation, but Glazer says that if his knee continues to swell up and continues to cause him pain, “Bradford is going to have to look at that knee and make a decision on his career.”
Ian Rapoport of NFL Media reported earlier in the day that Bradford is still an experiencing pain in his knee, which led to him traveling to New York this past week to begin Regenokine treatments in hopes of getting the inflammation out of his knee.
According to Rapoport, these treatments involve drawing Bradford’s blood, spinning it down and then reinjecting it into the knee over five or six days.
The treatment has become much more common in the past few years, as a few members of the Seahawks have had this procedure performed this year.
Bradford suffered a non-contact bone bruise in his left knee, which happens to be the same knee in which he twice has had ACL reconstruction surgery.
On Monday, Bradford was benched at halftime after it was clear that his knee was impacting his play and ultimately preventing him from stepping into throws.
The Vikings are starting Case Keenum against the Packers and Teddy Bridgewater could be activated from the PUP list in the coming weeks, which sets up an interesting situation for the Vikings at quarterback.
Bradford, 29, is a former first-round pick of the Rams back in 2010. He spent four years with the Rams before he was traded to the Eagles in 2015. After Teddy Bridgewater sustained a serious knee injury last year, the Eagles traded him to the Vikings for draft compensation.
Bradford is currently in the final year of his two-year, $36 million contract that included $36 million guaranteed and stands to make a base salary of $13 million for the 2017 season.
This season, Bradford has appeared in two games and thrown for 382 yards while completing 74.4 percent of his passes to go along with three touchdowns and no interceptions.
We’ll have more regarding Bradford as the news is available.