Minnesota’s Garrett Bradbury Will Miss Ravens Game

Minnesota Vikings center Garrett Bradbury (56) looks over the Oakland defense in the second quarter of an NFL football game at U.S. Bank Stadium in Minneapolis on Sunday, Sept. 22, 2019. The Vikings beat Oakland,34-14. (John Autey / Pioneer Press)

Unfortunately, Garrett Bradbury has been placed on the Covid-19 list, so Minnesota’s starting center will miss the upcoming Ravens game.

Obviously, the most important thing here is Bradbury’s health. Football will always be secondary to someone’s long-term health. From a football perspective, it’s hard to believe losing Bradbury will be much of a loss. The fourth-year center is regularly bullied in pass protection. He provides some upside in run blocking and in the screen game, but those positives haven’t outweighed the negatives. In all likelihood, Mason Cole will get the start on Sunday. One wonders what Minnesota will do if Cole thrives.

The team also announced that Jonah Williams – who they recently claimed off waivers – has been cut due to a failed physical. They’re now signing defense end Nate Orchard. Here is what Vikings.com had to say: “Minnesota signed free agent defensive end Nate Orchard, originally a second-round draft pick by Cleveland in 2015, to its practice squad. Orchard has primarily played the outside linebacker role in 3-4 base defenses with the Browns (2015-17) and the Washington Football Team (2019-20) but is expected to be a defensive end in Minnesota’s 4-3 system.”

It goes without saying that Sunday’s game is an important one. Minnesota’s chances probably don’t change that much without Garrett Bradbury, but it is difficult to have to lean on the depth. Hopefully, both the offense and defense will find a way to put together a strong performance. The season may depend on it.