We don’t know Bradford’s status for the Bears game — it remains “day to day,” per Zimmer. But the Vikings do get a sliver of good news: Wide receiver Michael Floyd returns from suspension and could provide a small boost for the offense, even though Zimmer wasn’t sure how much immediate help Floyd could provide.
“We’ll see how practice goes this week, and we’ll continue to work forward with that,” Zimmer said. “At this point, we’re just trying to get better.”
Floyd was a surprise standout in training camp, despite getting in a bit of hot water after a reported house-arrest violation. He had been arrested for conviction on a DUI charge last December, which led to his arrest and release from the Arizona Cardinals. After being claimed by the New England Patriots late in the season, he was a scratch for the team’s final few postseason games and was allowed to walk after the league punished him with a four-game suspension.
Then Floyd was found to have had a blood-alcohol level of .055 in July, which violated the terms of his conviction. But the Vikings backed Floyd’s story that the blood test results were skewed by his overconsumption of — get this — kombucha tea, a fermented beverage, during a late-night movie-watching binge.
The 6-foot-3, 225-pound Floyd is now free and clear to play, but it’s hard to gauge what the impact will be for a player who had totaled only 38 receptions (on 80 targets) for 504 yards and five TDs in his past 16 NFL games.
“I’m just going to be aggressive,” Floyd said. “I’m an aggressive player, and I’m going to go out there and make plays. That’s just what I do. That’s what’s in me, and that’s never going to stop.”