Bradford likely to start for Vikings tonight

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But after returning to practice late last week, ESPN's Courtney Cronin reported Sunday night that head coach Mike Zimmer "anticipates" Bradford playing Monday night against the Chicago Bears. Mitchell Trubisky gets the start for the Bears, who have looked as competitive as any 1-3 team in football.

Rookie QB Mitchell Trubisky, No. 2 in North Carolina, is scheduled to make his National Football League debut after starter Mike Glennon has been ineffective with the Bears. He's going to make mistakes and miss coverage schemes, but it's all a part of the learning process, and letting him loose is going to pay dividends for him in the long run if the Bears can fully commit to it.

The Vikings and Bears last faced off in Week 17 last season in a game that the Vikings won 38-10.

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Minnesota is also dealing with injuries. Over the last two seasons they are 1-1 in Chicago, but since 2001 they have lost 13 of the 15 games played there.

The Vikings were dealt a brutal blow with the season-ending ACL injury to promising rookie Dalvin Cook in that contest, while Case Keenum completed just 16-of-30 passes for 219 yards. He'll have the headset in his helmet as the Bears will be without Danny Trevathan for the game, and he'll be tasked with figuring out where to align the defense against a well-rounded Minnesota squad.

We'll have up-to-the-minute scoring and stats here throughout the game. Experts' consensus appeared to be Bradford needs more time to recover, and one expert who knows this feeling all too well concurred with the Vikings removing their starter from the game.

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