USA TODAY - With starter Sam Bradford still recovering from a knee injury, the Vikings promoted rookie quarterback Kyle Sloter from the practice squad to the 53-man roster on Saturday, the team announced. Bradford was listed as “limited” on Minnesota’s practice report this week.
If Bradford is unable to play on Sunday, Sloter would serve as the Vikings’ No. 2 quarterback behind fill-in starter Case Keenum. Sloter, 23, chose to with Minnesota’s practice squad after being waived by the Broncos earlier this month.
In addition to the Vikings, Denver and the Redskins were also interested in signing Sloter to a practice-squad contract. After choosing Minnesota, Sloter said in a statement the “opportunity coupled with the best decision for me and my family financially” was too much for him to pass up.
That opportunity is the chance Sloter will get against the Steelers on Sunday to perhaps be a backup quarterback. Had he returned to the Broncos, Sloter would have been fourth on the depth chart behind Trevor Siemian, Brock Osweiler and Paxton Lynch.
The Vikings will host Pittsburgh at 11:00 a.m. MT on FOX on Sunday.
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