Bradford to Return? Smith named POW 28 Dec 17

EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn. (AP) — Minnesota Vikings quarterback Sam Bradford could return to practice next week as he recovers from a knee injury from Week 1. Bradford has been out since a brief return in Week 5 against Chicago, which Minnesota plays Sunday in the regular-season finale. Bradford was taken out at halftime and was placed on injured reserve on Nov. 8.

EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn. (AP) — Minnesota Vikings safety Harrison Smith is the NFC Defensive Player of the Week. Smith intercepted two passes and made seven tackles _ five solo _ as the Vikings shut out interstate rival Green Bay 16-0 on Saturday night. It’s the first NFC Player of the Week award for Smith in his career, and the third player of the week honor for the Vikings this season.