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Not on field as practice starts

Not on field as practice starts

This means Case Keenum will be the man behind center when the Vikings host the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. "We've been good on third downs".

The Bucs played the run extremely well last week, limiting the Bears to only 20 yards on the ground. "Too much complaining, too many excuses, you have to deal with it".

There was Brian Robison's fourth-and-2 encroachment which extended Pittsburgh's first scoring drive.

While the throws looked okay it's obvious that Bradford wasn't really stepping into them, which would be a huge issue in a game-time situation.

The Vikings have done a good job getting off the field on defense. In his first action as a Viking on Sunday, he averaged only 4.5 yards per attempt and, about as expected, had a mid-60s passer rating. "I got on the sideline and said, 'Why didn't they tell me Sam wasn't in the game?'" They do have Tarik Cohen in the backfield as well, and he is a bit exciting, but we wonder what will happen early in the game when it isn't out of hand and the Steelers can focus on him.

Meanwhile, the Bucs plan to continue to use the running back by committee approach with Jacquizz Rodgers (19 carries for 67 yards, 1 TD), Charles Sims (2 carries for 2 yards) and Peyton Barber (10-47 yards).

Barr, in particular, seems poised for a bounce-back season after injuries and mixed results in 2016.

The Dolphins suspended Timmons on Tuesday, when they also acquired linebacker Stephone Anthony from the Saints for a fifth-round draft pick in 2018. But, as Bradford revealed, the quarterback is in unfamiliar territory with the injury he sustained on September 11. "He's come in here and worked hard".

Roethlisberger took his shots downfield, but Rhodes was excellent shadowing unsafe receiver Antonio Brown, who was held to five receptions for 62 yards after putting up 182 against Cleveland in Week 1. Still, there was hope that he would be able to return for Sunday's game against the Buccaneers.

"He's not going to tell me anything", former National Football League linebacker Chris Spielman said of the quarterback's availability on Thursday.

"I think we'll figure that out as we go", he said.

Bradford tore the ACL in his left knee twice during the 2013 and 2014 seasons while playing for the St. Louis Rams. He said Bradford did not have a setback in practice Thursday. "He moves well in the pocket, gets out of the pocket".

But the Steelers' hosting of Minnesota on Sunday afternoon at Heinz Field wasn't just another game. Dont'a Hightower, Rob Gronkowski and Danny Amendola all participated in practice Wednesday and should be a go for Sunday.