Minnesota Vikings quarterback Sam Bradford says his left knee is feeling better this week, raising the possibility he'll return from injury after only a one-game absence.
Bradford was listed as a limited participant in practice Wednesday. He took limited turns last week, because of soreness and swelling. After going through pregame warmups Sunday at Pittsburgh, Bradford was ruled out. Case Keenum took over at quarterback for the Vikings, who lost 26-9 to the Steelers.
Bradford said he hurt the knee in the season opener against New Orleans, when he had a career-best 143.0 passer rating in leading the Vikings to a 29-19 victory over the Saints. Bradford has twice had his left ACL surgically repaired.
DeMaurice Smith has been reelected as executive director of the players' union in a special committee vote.
Under guidelines passed since his last election as NFL Players Assn. head in 2015, a 14-player selection committee could bypass a full membership election.
That committee, made up of the 11 members of the NFLPA executive committee plus the three longest-serving player representatives, reviews the sitting executive director. That group can then call for an election to keep the incumbent in office, and the vote must be unanimous.
The 14-0 vote took place Tuesday night.
"The union centered on player leadership," Smith said. "I am proud of their commitment, humbled by their trust in me and honored to serve."
But attorney Cyrus Mehri, who had launched a campaign to oppose Smith in a general election in March, called the reelection "a nondemocratic process" and vowed to continue working toward having a full election of the membership in March.
Miami Dolphins coach Adam Gase says he'll decide later whether to let linebacker Lawrence Timmons rejoin the team.
Timmons was suspended indefinitely after he went AWOL on Saturday, the day before the Dolphins' season-opening win at the Chargers. When asked about violations of team culture, Gase left open the possibility of Timmons returning.
"Every situation's different, and I would say that you can be forgiven if the right steps are taken," Gase said.