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Pittsburgh Steelers linebacker Bud Dupree was so locked in to his assignment, that he had no clue the Minnesota Vikings started Case Keenum for injured quarterback Sam Bradford until the second series of Pittsburgh's 26-9 victory on Sunday, when Dupree found himself chasing the sub. Bradford took part in Thursday's workout but he was not seen at Friday's practice. But ESPN, citing unidentified sources, reported that Bradford was traveling to seek a second opinion from Dr. James Andrews, the noted orthopedist who performed anterior cruciate ligament reconstructions on the quarterback's knee in 2013 and 2014.

Vikings coach Mike Zimmer downplayed the challenge posed for players' preparation in not knowing who will start at quarterback.

Zimmer said last Friday he anticipated Bradford would play in Week 2 against the Pittsburgh Steelers, but reports began surfacing Saturday night that Bradford would be a game-time decision.

Bradford missed the Vikings' game last week due to soreness and pain in his left knee, and was limited in practice this week. Tapp, 33, has played for five teams in 12 seasons.

Needless to say, the news is not great for the Vikings.

Despite the loss in Philadelphia past year, the Steelers bounced back with two more wins and were 4-1 heading into a game at Miami. Sam Bradford is completing 84.4 percent of his passes for 346 yards, three touchdowns and zero interceptions.

Bradford declined to reveal the diagnosis of the current injury but said it's something he's never had.

Bradford's performance against the Saints created the feeling that he was about to take advantage of the fact this was his team, and he was going to attempt to prove to everyone that all this Ted Talk was foolish.

"Penalties were just killers for them; you just can't have it", he said. Plus, there's one from just before game time and another one from this week. He led the team in stops with 117 previous year and has 15 so far in 2017, including seven assists on running plays, indicating that he is doing a good job of getting to the ball and helping with gang tackles.

Will the Minnesota Vikings get back to putting up points when they return home to host the Tampa Bay Buccaneers on Sunday at 1PM ET?

If Sam Bradford can not go in this game, it is going to get ugly, as Case Keenum will be eaten alive by this Bucs defense. But the offensive line must play better and more consistent for the Vikings to have a chance.

The Vikings' run defense has been good so far in 2017, allowing 81.0 yards per game and just 3.06 yards per carry to rank 11th and seventh in those categories, respectively. Bradford was the first pick in the 2010 draft out of Oklahoma and has 79 career starts. We may not know which one actually will until game time, and we'll have to trust that Mike Zimmer will make the best choice for the team long term.

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