Vikings promote practice squad QB amid concerns about Sam Bradford's knee

Vikings promote practice squad QB amid concerns about Sam Bradford's knee

Pittsburgh went to Cleveland and came away with a 21-18 win that never felt as close as the score.

The offense, however, underperformed outside of receiver Antonio Brown.

Sam Bradford and Stefon Diggs continuously punished the Saints' secondary on Monday night, which was one of the defining factors in their victory. However, given Bradford's past injury history - on the left knee specifically, too - it's hard not to worry.

But shutting down Drew Brees and company is no joke, even if you do it at home. The Steelers beat the Vikings 16-6 in Super Bowl IX. So, I've got a lot of experience with them.

Roehtlisberger will always be a wild card, and even when the talent around him is struggling, he has shown an wonderful ability to make plays downfield and orchestrate some brilliant offensive drives. But the Steelers were able to hold onto the ball for the remainder of the game for the win.

The NFL handed down a light form of punishment on Friday against a handful of Pittsburgh Steelers for their illegal actions against the Cleveland Browns during their Week 1 games. Despite being a rookie, Dalvin Cook did an great job last week picking up blitzers as well as becoming a safety valve out of the backfield.

"You see that, and it's going to raise your eyebrows", Burns said. Having to play either of those guys severely lowers the ceiling for the Vikings as a whole. Cameron Heyward and Stephon Tuitt will be formidable on the interior of the Pittsburgh line, but if they can control those two they should have lanes to run through. But it would be a shock if Bell again fails to get going in the run game.

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He was limited to 47 yards on 13 touches last week, playing 73 percent of the snaps.

Last weekend, Haden was taken advantage of by Coleman on more than one occasion with the receiver's flashy speed.

Three starters - QB Sam Bradford (knee), LB Anthony Barr (hamstring) and CB Xavier Rhodes (knee) - were listed Friday as questionable for Sunday's game.

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While Tuitt is likely out, linebacker Bud Dupree should make his season debut after missing the opener with a right-shoulder injury.

The Vikings will head on the road to battle the Steelers at 1 p.m. ET on Sunday.