Sam Bradford, as expected, will make his first Vikings start tonight.
Bradford, acquired in a trade 15 days ago, led the first-team offense during pregame warmups, signaling that he will take over at quarterback for Shaun Hill, who was steady in last weekend’s season-opening win over the Titans.
Bradford will be the 13th QB the Vikings have started since 2007.
In 63 career starts with the Rams and Eagles, the former No. 1 overall pick has thrown for 14,790 yards and 78 touchdowns with a 25-37-1 record. Bradford went 7-7 last season with the Eagles, completing a career-high 65 percent of his passes for 3,725 yards and 19 touchdowns.
The past couple of weeks have been a whirlwind for the 28-year-old, who had been thinking his first start of the season would be for the Eagles in Week 1. Now he will make his 2016 debut tonight as the Vikings host the rival Packers in the first regular season game at U.S. Bank Stadium. And he may have to go throw-for-throw with Aaron Rodgers, too. No pressure.
The Vikings will be without a pair of defensive starters in cornerback Xavier Rhodes and defensive tackle Sharrif Floyd, who were ruled out Friday. With Rhodes sidelined, 2015 top pick Trae Waynes will make another start and will likely have to cover Packers star Jordy Nelson. Tom Johnson and Shamar Stephen will split up the oft-injured Floyd’s snaps.
Left tackle Matt Kalil is active despite a hip injury that prevented him from practicing Wednesday and Thursday. Still, the injury is worrisome because while Kalil has never missed a start, injuries have affected his play. And Packers pass rusher Clay Matthews is a handful for healthy tackles.
Joining Rhodes and Floyd on the inactive list for tonight’s NFC North showdown are wide receiver Jarius Wright, linebackers Kentrell Brothers and Edmond Robinson, center Nick Easton, and tight end MyCole Pruitt.