Fox Sports apologizes for putting Bradford head on Bridgewater body in graphic

EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn.--Fox Sports has apologized to the Vikings for Photoshopping Sam Bradford's head onto Teddy Bridgewater's body for a graphic used during NFL broadcasts.

EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn.-Fox Sports has apologized to the Vikings for Photoshopping Sam Bradford's head onto Teddy Bridgewater's body for a graphic used during NFL broadcasts.

Bradford didn't know about it until Monday.

"Someone showed me in the locker room, but it can't be that hard to find a picture of me," the Vikings quarterback said. "... I don't think we get offended easily, so it wasn't that big of a deal."

Bradford was acquired by the Vikings on Sept. 3, four days after Bridgewater blew out a knee in practice. While promoting Vikings telecasts, Fox had been using an altered image of Bridgewater, with Bradford's head and No. 8 superimposed on it.

"It was a mistake, and we apologized to both players and to the Vikings, and we tried to get it corrected right away," Fox director of communications Jonathan Butnick said in a phone interview Wednesday. "And hopefully it doesn't happen again."


The Vikings had fun on social media with the incident, tweeting last Sunday, "Have your people contact our people. We'll get you a photo."

On Monday, the Vikings tweeted "@NFLonFOX history books sure are interesting." The tweet included photos of Bradford's head on the bodies of Muhammad Ali, Albert Einstein, George Washington crossing the Delaware and astronaut Neil Armstrong on the moon.

Fox Sports officials got a kick out of the tweets. Robert Gottlieb, executive vice president of marketing, tweeted, "Props to the Vikes social media team. Next time we'll come to you for Photoshop lessons."

Fox plans to make fun of itself over the incident in a piece that will run on Fox NFL Sunday before the Vikings play at Philadelphia. Broadcaster Charissa Thompson is coming to Winter Park later this week, and the main focus of the feature will be Minnesota's defense.

The mistake happened when a placeholder graphic was inadvertently used several times and was visible to millions before Fox officials learned of the error on Twitter.

Fox's top broadcast team will handle Sunday's game at Lincoln Financial Field, although Thom Brennaman will do play-by-play because Joe Buck is doing the baseball playoffs. Troy Aikman will be the analyst and Erin Andrews the sideline reporter.

Diggs returns

Vikings wide receiver Stefon Diggs returned to practice Wednesday, his first since being injured in the Oct. 3 victory over the New York Giants.


Diggs had been sidelined with a groin injury that forced him to miss the Oct. 9 victory over Houston.

Limited in the workout and listed on the week's first injury report, Diggs declined to speculate on whether he would be able to play Sunday at Philadelphia.

"It went well," he said. "Smooth. No issues. I'm taking my time. They're not rushing it. I'm going to be ready when I'm ready."

Sitting out Wednesday were tight end MyCole Pruitt (knee) and defensive tackle Sharrif Floyd (knee).

Wide receiver Jarius Wright was listed with an ankle injury. He was limited along with tackle Jeremiah Sirles (knee), wide receiver Laquon Treadwell (thumb), right guard Brandon Fusco (concussion) and left guard Alex Boone (knee).

Linebacker Anthony Barr, who did not practice last week, was back on the field and limited by an ankle injury.

Brian Murphy contributed to this report.

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