Sam Bradford benched by Minnesota Vikings on Monday night

Sam Bradford first game back from his latest knee injury didn’t exactly go as planned.

The Minnesota Vikings benched the 2008 Heisman Trophy winner in favor of veteran journeyman Case Keenum on their final possession of the first half against the Chicago Bears on Monday night.

Bradford had battled back from a non-contact knee injury he suffered against the New Orleans Saints in Week 1. At one point it looked like the 29-year-old could be out for the season, but after a visit with renowned orthopedic surgeon Dr. James Andrews, it was deemed that Bradford could return to the field in 2017.

It didn’t take long on Monday night for it to become abundantly clear that Bradford’s injured left knee is nowhere near 100% healthy. He wasn’t able to step up into the pocket the way he needed to, his scrambling ability was even more limited than before, and he was noticeably limping by the end of the first half.

Based on what he showed against the Bears, it would be hard to envision Bradford returning to action anytime soon.

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