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Courtney Cronin ESPN Staff Writer 

Mike Zimmer said he does not believe the swelling in Sam Bradford's left knee is a result of the two surgeries he had to repair his torn ACL in 2013 and 2014. This is contrary to what he said postgame on Sunday. Zimmer believes the quarterback twisted his knee during his Week 1 performance against the Saints. He said Bradford felt something in his left knee once during the game but that it was not a cause for major concern at that moment.

Courtney Cronin ESPN Staff Writer 

Mike Zimmer says Sam Bradford is feeling better today. Probably a day to day situation with his knee that they're going to monitor. Each day is different, Zimmer says, and he anticipates Bradford will practice when he's able to practice.

Courtney Cronin ESPN Staff Writer 

Vikings back up QB Kyle Sloter says he can run "70 to 80 percent" of the playbook successfully should he need to come in and relieve Case Keenum in Week 3. Sloter did not find out he was backing up Keenum until yesterday morning when it was determined Sam Bradford was not ready to go following a light workout at Heinz Field.

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Vote: The best (and worst) so far from Week 2

What's been the best performance so far this week? What's been the most surprising result? And which teams off to a 2-0 start look most playoff-ready? Vote now.

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Zeke, Fitz, Diggs top fantasy duds

Ezekiel Elliott, Larry Fitzgerald and Stefon Diggs started in 100 percent of fantasy leagues on ESPN. And yet the trio combined for just 16.4 points on Sunday.

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Ranking the NFL's 1-1 teams: Vikings

Is the Vikings' offensive line substantively improved, or will the team's offseason spending spree go for naught? And can Sam Bradford stay healthy to take advantage if the group really is better?

Courtney Cronin ESPN Staff Writer 

The Vikings ‘shot themselves in the foot' as the locker room put it with penalties that undid their own progress and made way for the Steelers to get ahead. Uncharacteristic of Minnesota's disciplined defense were the offsides and pass interference calls that led to Pittsburgh moving the ball down the field, stringing together big plays and setting up the Steelers first three scoring drives. In total, the Vikings accrued 11 penalties for 131 yards.

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Courtney Cronin ESPN Staff Writer 

Big plays and penalties are what halted any momentum the Vikings tried to create in a 26-9 loss at Pittsburgh, but the team does walk away with some positive news regarding Sam Bradford's knee.

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Zimmer: Bradford won't need surgery on knee

Vikings quarterback Sam Bradford was out Sunday with an injured left knee but won't need surgery on it, according to Vikings coach Mike Zimmer.

Courtney Cronin ESPN Staff Writer 

The injury to Sam Bradford's left knee which kept him out of the Vikings 26-9 loss at Pittsburgh will not require surgery, per Mike Zimmer. The Vikings coach said the two ACL surgeries Bradford had in 2013 and 2014 cause the knee to sometimes swell up. Zimmer remains adamant that Bradford is going to be "OK" and that he will be back to run the Vikings offense, despite not having an exact time table for his return.

Courtney Cronin ESPN Staff Writer 

The middle of the field is where the Steelers were hurt by tight ends last week. Kyle Rudolph is adding to their problems today. He's been Case Keenum's top asset, turning five targets into three catches for 44 yards. Mismatch nightmare, tough to bring down, important added layer in passing game.

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Forbath can't conquer extra points

Since replacing Blair Walsh last season, Kai Forbath has been perfect on 19 field-goal attempts for the Vikings. However, he's gone just 13-of-19 on extra points, including a miss in each of the team's first two games this season.

Courtney Cronin ESPN Staff Writer 

In theory, the first half could have been a lot worse for Minnesota, but backup-QB-turned starter Case Keenum was able to hang on. Keenum was 6-of-13 passing for 53 yards with 0 TDs and 0 INTs, but under threw his receivers on several occasions and struggled on 3rd down (3-8). Minnesota's pass protection against the Steelers defensive front has been pretty raw all afternoon, even as Pittsburgh only blitzed Keenum once on his first 10 dropbacks per ESPN Stats & Info.

Mike Sando ESPN Senior Writer 

Sam Bradford has missed 30 percent of his career games in the NFL. He has played in 79 games and missed 35 games. The Vikings and other teams need to decide whether he is likely to hold up physically as he ages.

Courtney Cronin ESPN Staff Writer 

Sam Bradford is in a t-shirt and sweats sitting next to Case Keenum and OC Pat Shurmur on the bench after the Vikings went 3-and-out. All are looking at their Microsoft Surface Pro tablets, presumably going over plays. Bradford has been pretty buried in his, hasn't picked his head up much the last few minutes.

Matt Bowen ESPN Staff Writer 

Martavis Bryant TD on a basic slant route. Created separation at the break. And then beat the angle from the FS to take it 27 yards for the score.

Courtney Cronin ESPN Staff Writer 

Fantasy note: Vikings TE Kyle Rudolph's stock is up. Steelers safeties struggled in coverage last week against Browns TEs Seth DeValve (4 catches, 42 yds) and David Njoku (2 catches, 20 yards). Rudolph does a lot of damage in middle part of the field, could be a mismatch the Vikes try to create. He had a 15-yard TD against the Saints.

Jeremy Fowler ESPN Staff Writer 

Vikings CB Xavier Rhodes getting his fingers ready for the Antonio Brown matchup.

Seth Walder ESPN Analytics 

FPI isn't a huge fan of Sam Bradford, so the Vikings' chance to win today only dropped from 36% to 33% with Case Keenum starting in his stead.

Team Stats

Passing Yards243.512th
Rushing Yards110.0Tied-14th
Points For19.0Tied-18th
Points Against22.5Tied-21st

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