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Transcript: Zimmer Addressed the Media Friday

*Vikings Head Coach Mike Zimmer *

Good week of practice this week. This will be a good test for us – go on the road to play a good football team.  They're very explosive offensively. They got some big offensive linemen that kind of try and maul you, heck of a runner, quarterback is excellent, and defensively they're active. They do a good job in rushing the quarterback, seven sacks last week, so it'll be a good test.

Q: ESPN reported that Kyle Rudolph had an MRI that came back negative, but there was some concern from the Vikings. Is there any concern from the Vikings?

A: I'm concerned about all of our players.

Q: Do you anticipate Sam Bradford will play on Sunday?

A: I don't know, we'll have to see. I anticipate that he will, yes.

Q: Would you be able to say if he had the MRI this week?

A: No, I'm not going to talk about whose had MRIs or who hasn't had MRIs, lots of guys have MRIs. I had one, two maybe, on my knee.

Q: With Anthony Barr getting some work today how does that effect his possibility to play?

A: I don't think it affects it at all. We anticipate that he's going to play.

Q: If a quarterback has any knee soreness how do the protection packages change?

A: I'm not going to get too specific, but we're always going to make sure that anybody that has anything that we're trying to protect them.

Q: Since you're going against Le'Veon Bell and he didn't have the best opener. Have you shown guys some film on him from last year?

A: They've seen a lot of what he's done. Last year, the year before, the year before that, yeah, they know this guy.

Q: With their offensive line having so many big guys what kind of challenges does that present when trying to stop Le'Veon Bell and stop the run?

A: Well, part of it is they get their arms around you and try to keep you from getting off blocks the way they do it. A lot of the times the defensive line start peeking, linebackers start peeking, and that's why he's patient and looks for the hole. We're going to have to make sure we don't allow them to hold us.

Q: What did you see from James Harrison in 2013 that shows why he's able to play so well at this advanced age?

A: James, number one he's a very physical, tough, aggressive guy. He's always been a good athlete. He's an excellent pass rusher. He's very smart. He stays in shape and works on it.

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