Last Sunday, the Star Tribune reported the Vikings were preparing Shaun Hill to start the season at quarterback. After six days of guessing and gamesmanship, nothing has changed.
The 36-year-old journeyman is expected to start against the Titans in Tennessee on Sunday. Meanwhile, Sam Bradford, who was acquired via trade on Saturday, will be the backup and is still expected to make his starting debut in the home opener against the Packers in Week 2.
NFL.com reported Friday that players have been told that Hill will start at Tennessee. But that doesn't mean Bradford isn't prepared to play in case of an emergency. Despite having only five practices to prepare, Bradford has been given a pared down version of a game plan that is heavily weighted toward the running of Adrian Peterson.
Earlier Friday, Vikings coach Mike Zimmer continued to play coy with reporters anxious for him to announce a starting quarterback.
When asked if he had made his decision, Zimmer said, "I have."
Asked if he had told the team, he said, "Maybe."
Asked if it was Hill or Bradford, he said, "I guess we'll find out Sunday."
Apparently not. Although if you're a Hill fan, don't get too excited. Two years ago, he started the Rams' opener against the Vikings at St. Louis. He was injured in the 34-6 loss and missed the next two months.