News of Bradford's activation began to heat up on Friday when the Boston Globe's Ben Volin cited a league source that Minnesota planned to dress the quarterback for Sunday's game.
With the announcement on Saturday, Bradford now joins Bridgewater, Keenum, and Kyle Sloter as the fourth quarterback on the team's active roster.
Bradford played in just one full game this campaign, throwing for 346 yards and three touchdowns in a week one win over the Saints before suffering a non-contact knee injury late in the game. The Vikings have never dressed three quarterbacks for a game since Mike Zimmer became their coach, so it seems likely that Bridgwater will be inactive. Bridgewater's only action since suffering a torn left ACL in August 2016 has been two series in the fourth quarter of a 34-7 win over Cincinnati on December 17.
The Vikings now have four quarterbacks on the 53-man roster, but Kyle Sloter, who was inactive for the last eight regular-season games, definitely will be inactive again Sunday. But if they wanted to use the quarterback who beat the Saints in Week 1 in their rematch with New Orleans, they'd be able to do so.
Bradford was placed on the IR on November 8 after undergoing arthroscopic surgery to clean his left knee. When asked to assess Bradford's progress, Zimmer said, "It's kind of hard to judge with five practices". They've been mixing him in and getting him some reps here and there. Early-season injuries to Sam Bradford and Dalvin Cook, the two most important pieces of a promising offense, didn't stop the Vikings from running away with the NFC North title.