Earlier this week, Bradford described the injury as a noncontact one suffered during the Vikings’ Week 1 win over the New Orleans Saints.
This particular issue we’re dealing with, I’m not sure if I’ve ever dealt with it before, he said.
Bradford severely sprained his left ankle in 2011 and missed six games for the St. Louis Rams. The ACL tear in 2013 limited him to seven games. And the tear in 2014 kept him out for the entire season. He had a concussion and a sprained left shoulder that cost him two games with the Philadelphia Eagles in 2015.
This is the 10th year out of 13 that the Vikings have had to start more than one quarterback in a season, with Brett Favre (2009), Christian Ponder (2012) and Teddy Bridgewater (2015) the only ones who made it through a campaign unscathed. In a 35-year span since the 1982 strike, the Vikings have enjoyed such 16-game security in only seven seasons, with Warren Moon (1995) and Daunte Culpepper (2000, 2002 and 2004) also on the list.
We found it within ourselves to not put everything on the coaches. We actually had to do the work. That is what we did. We finished as one of the top defenses.
The Giants’ offense has stumbled badly out of the gate this season, producing just 13 total points in the two losses. The offense hasn’t scored 20 points in any of its past eight games, dating back to last season.
The last time the Giants lost their first three games was during an 0-6 start to the 2013 season.
The Giants entered this season with high expectations after winning 11 games and reaching the playoffs last year. However, they have been manhandled in both prime-time games, being outscored 43-13 so far this season.
Pierre-Paul is not alone in his thinking this week is make or break. All-Pro safety Landon Collins believes it as well.