EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn. -- The competitive environment of the NFL and plain old human nature usually trigger an extra injection of motivation for players facing their former teams.Thats particularly true after theyve been traded or released.Sam Bradford has no reason to be insecure about playing at Philadelphia this weekend. His new team in Minnesota has the last perfect record left in the league, and some of the best performances of his seven-year career have been on display over four starts with the Vikings.My approach is just try to keep it as normal as possible this week. I think I owe it to all of the guys in our locker room to not try and do anything special, not try to do anything extra, Bradford said. When you get caught up with things outside of football, thats when things can go wrong.The Vikings (5-0) paid a steep price for Bradford on Sept. 3. They sent their 2017 first-round pick and a 2018 selection that will range from the second to the fourth round to the Eagles four days after original quarterback Teddy Bridgewater went down with a massive knee injury.The return on the deal couldnt have better so far, with Bradford leading the NFL with a 70.4 completion percentage, ranking second with a 109.8 passer rating, and taking his first 249 snaps without a turnover.Its like when you go to a new job, the first day you dont know anybody, youve got to learn everything, Vikings coach Mike Zimmer said. The protections are different, the terminology is different, the combinations, the players are different. ... For him to be able to do the things hes done, I think hes done a great job.The success hasnt exactly caught the Eagles (3-2) by surprise. They were prepared to hand Bradford the keys to the offense for the second straight season, planning to sit rookie Carson Wentz for the whole year. Then the Vikings made the emergency call to try to keep their Super Bowl goal on track.I felt Sam was in a great spot with us offensively and was set to have a good season, and I wasnt going to disrupt that if I didnt have to, new Eagles coach Doug Pederson said, echoing Bradford.I was really excited about the year there, Bradford said. I felt like I had a really good spring.Pederson, a quarterback himself who lasted 12 seasons in the league and was hired to replace Chip Kelly, had a mere 7+ months with Bradford, without any meaningful games. That was still enough time for a strong impression to be made.Hes smart. He makes good, accurate throws. Hes tough to defend that way, Pederson said. Ive always said this as a former quarterback: Its hard to defend the perfect pass, and he knows how to put the perfect pass out there.Skepticism has trailed Bradford since St. Louis took him in 2010 with the first overall draft pick, and two major knee injuries didnt help his profile. He finished 2015 on a relatively strong note, though, as he distanced himself from the one-year anniversary of his most recent ACL reconstruction.This is the first full offseason that hes been healthy and hes been able to get in the weight room and hes been able to get stronger, Pederson said. Hes throwing the ball with greater accuracy. The timing of throws, just getting it out of his hand. I think all of that is part of his success.When the Eagles took Wentz with the second selection in the draft, Bradford became an obvious short-timer even if he were to play the whole year with Philadelphia. Wentz has started his career in impressive fashion, making this matchup all the more intriguing even if the principals arent buying it.I did tell the team that this game is not about Bradford and Wentz, Zimmer said. 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MOSCOW -- A depleted Russian team departed for the Olympics in Rio de Janeiro on Thursday, missing dozens of athletes who were excluded amid the countrys doping scandal.Team members left on a charter flight from Moscows Sheremetyevo International Airport to Brazil, a day after an emotional farewell ceremony with Russian President Vladimir Putin in the Kremlin.More than 100 athletes from what was originally a 387-member team have been barred from competing in Rio by international sports federations under sanctions that most Russian athletes consider unfair.Were after medals. Thats it, handball player Anna Sen said. We need to fight for those athletes who were disqualified.Volleyball player Sergei Tetyukhin, a four-time Olympic medalist, will be Russias flagbearer for the opening ceremony in Rio, according to an Instagram post by pole vaulter Yelena Isinbayeva.Isinbayeva has become a de facto spokeswoman for Russian athletes excluded from the Olympics and gave a tearful address to the team in the Kremlin on Wednesday.Today, as never before, we need to stay united and become a family, the 40-year-old Tetyukhin said, ignoring what he called provocations addressed at our team and our mighty country.No track and field athletes were among the contingent heading for Rio, since the entire track team is banned from competing, except for a single U.S.-based long jumper, following revelations of widespread doping.The track team did, however, attend the ceremonial farewell with Putin on Wednesday, when the Russian president branded restrictions his country as pure discrimination.Hours after the plane carrying the Russian team took off, the track and field team gathered across town in a small stadium for what was billed as an Olympic consolation event.World champions competed against regional-level athletes in front of around 150 spectators in an event hastily organized after the track teams ban was upheld by the Court of Arbitration for Sport last week.Isinbayeva watched from the sidelines, vowing defiance and legal action.You cant break Russians, she said. People have tried to break us down, but its never worked. ... What doesnt kill us makes us stronger.She added that she plans to file another appeal to CAS annd the European Court of Human Rights.ddddddddddddMy conscience is clean, said long jumper Vasily Kopeikin, another athlete barred from Rio. Time will show those people who suspended us.Kopeikin added that he would not watch any Olympic events in which Russia was not taking part.While Russia avoided a blanket ban from the Games at a meeting of the International Olympic Committee board Sunday, the IOC imposed new restrictions on Russia. International sports federations must remove any athlete previously banned for doping or who was implicated in last weeks McLaren report alleging a mass cover-up of failed drug tests.Some federations have taken a tough line, with exclusions of much of Russias team from events such as rowing, canoeing and swimming. Other sports, such as judo and tennis, have allowed the entire Russian team to compete in their sport. These rulings must still be ratified by the CAS.Russias weightlifting team has been dogged by doping cases and faced further embarrassment Wednesday when retests of samples from the 2012 Olympics saw four Russians, including three medalists, test positive. The entire lifting team risks being banned from the Rio Games because of the large number of failures in retests from the 2008 and 2012 Olympics.Putin last week called for the creation of a new state-backed anti-doping commission to draw up future strategy. In a clear sign of coordination, it was set up within hours under Vitaly Smirnov, a former Soviet sports minister and IOC member.Smirnov told local media Thursday that the new commission would be independent of the government, despite containing several senior figures with links to the Kremlin. Smirnov also insisted the government was not involved in doping, despite allegations in World Anti-Doping Agency reports that Sports Ministry officials oversaw a mass doping program and a cover-up.We will welcome the arrival of WADA, and we rule out any attempts at interference by the state or other structures, he said in comments reported by the Tass news agency. In Russia there is not and never has been any state support for doping. ' ' '