Vik­ings ac­ti­vate Brad­ford

San Francisco Chronicle - - NFL -

The Min­nesota Vik­ings ac­ti­vated quar­ter­back Sam Brad­ford from in­jured re­serve, putting their orig­i­nal starter this sea­son on the ros­ter be­fore their first play­off game.

The Vik­ings waived tight end Kyle Carter on Satur­day to make room for Brad­ford, who last played at Chicago on Oct. 9 and re­turned to prac­tice last week af­ter re­cov­er­ing from a left knee in­jury.

The Vik­ings host New Orleans on Sun­day.

Brad­ford was stel­lar in the open­ing win against the Saints, but was un­able to play the fol­low­ing week. Case Keenum started the next three games. Brad­ford was back for the Bears game, but he hob­bled around in the first half be­fore be­ing pulled for Keenum.

Teddy Bridge­wa­ter and Kyle Sloter give the Vik­ings four QBs on the ac­tive ros­ter.

Tex­ans hire GM:

The Hous­ton Tex­ans hired Brian Gaine as gen­eral man­ager and ex­tended the con­tract of coach Bill O’Brien through 2022.

Gaine signed a five-year con­tract and O’Brien was ex­tended for four years.

Gaine brings 19 years of NFL per­son­nel ex­pe­ri­ence to Hous­ton. He spent the 2017 sea­son as the Buf­falo Bills’ vice pres­i­dent of player per­son­nel. He also served as the Tex­ans’ di­rec­tor of player per­son­nel from 2015-16 and di­rec­tor of pro per­son­nel in 2014.

Tex­ans owner Bob McNair calls Gaine an “in­cred­i­bly smart, hard­work­ing in­di­vid­ual that un­der­stands the im­por­tance of good com­mu­ni­ca­tion.”

Hous­ton fin­ished 4-12 this sea­son af­ter con­sec­u­tive AFC South ti­tles. O’Brien’s 31 ca­reer vic­to­ries in four years are tied for the most by a coach in fran­chise his­tory.

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