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Tramaine Brock active as Vikings, Case Keenum prepare to face Buccaneers

The only injured scratch for the Vikings on Sunday against the Buccaneers, albeit a big one, is quarterback Sam Bradford.

Case Keenum is set for his second start. Check out today’s profile on Keenum if you haven’t already.

On a day where President Trump’s recent comments about NFL players protesting during the national anthem ripple through the league, Vikings warmups on Sunday at U.S. Bank Stadium went as normal about an hour before kickoff. Nearly half the league has issued an individual statement regarding this comment from Trump about players taking a knee during the anthem:

"Wouldn't you love to see one of these NFL owners, when somebody disrespects our flag, to say, 'Get that son of a bitch off the field right now. Out! He's fired. He's fired!'"

The Vikings are not one of the teams to have issued a statement, instead referring reporters to the NFL’s statement.

Cornerback Tramaine Brock is active for the first time since the Vikings acquired him via trade from the Seahawks. Brock, 29, is an experienced outside corner who can also play in the slot, but he’s expected to play a reserve role against the Buccaneers.

The Vikings have six healthy scratches in receiver Rodney Adams, receiver Stacy Coley, defensive end Tashawn Bower, defensive tackle Jaleel Johnson, tackle Aviante Collins and guard Danny Isidora.

Buccaneers’ inactives:CB Brent Grimes, LB Kwon Alexander, DE Jacquies Smith, DT Chris Baker, T Leonard Wester, C Joe Hawley and TE Antony Auclair.

Sam Bradford not participating early in Vikings' Friday practice

As the Vikings began their final practice of the week before Sunday’s game, Sam Bradford wasn’t on the field.

The quarterback, who has been limited in practice the first two days of the week because of the left knee issues that kept him out of Sunday’s game in Pittsburgh, wasn’t taking part in the brief portion of Friday’s practice open to the media. Case Keenum (who started on Sunday against the Steelers) and Kyle Sloter were the only QBs taking part in the session.

It’s here we should note that Bradford hasn’t been on the practice field at the end of the Vikings’ first two practices this week, so it’s possible his absence at the beginning of Friday’s practice was a bit of gamesmanship from the Vikings, in an effort to conceal their intentions about whether Bradford will play on Sunday. Generally, players who aren’t on the field during the open portion of practice turn out to be non-participants in the entire session, but if the Vikings are committed to a cloak-and-dagger strategy with their quarterbacks, they could limit Bradford’s practice participation to the parts that are closed to reporters.

In any case, coach Mike Zimmer will address the media after practice, and the Vikings will have to list Bradford’s participation in their final injury report of the week later today, so we’ll have a better idea of the quarterback’s status for Sunday’s game by the afternoon.

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