The Vikings meanwhile should be well rested here after receiving a bye last week by virtue of claiming the conference's second overall seed and now they get a home game against a Saints group who went right down to the wire last weekend against a hard fighting Carolina Panthers team.
The Vikings activated Bradford from injured reserve on Saturday, adding him to their 53-man roster a day before their NFC divisional playoff game with the Saints.
Bradford hasn't played in a game since then, and went on injured reserve November 8 after having his third operation on his left knee the day before. In that game, the quarterback sustained a noncontact knee injury that forced him to miss his next three starts. He returned to practice earlier this month and completed his fifth practice on Friday. Current starter Case Keenum has been highly efficient in place of Bradford since taking over in September. The team also has reinforcements in quarterbacks Teddy Bridgewater and Kyle Sloter.
To clear a roster spot, the Vikings waived tight end Kyle Carter.
Bradford's activation does not guarantee he will be among the 46 active players Sunday, and it's unclear whether Bridgewater will continue to back up Keenum as he has been doing since Week 10 or whether the Vikings will turn to Bradford now that he is back on the active roster.