As former Louisville Cardinal and current Minnesota Vikings quarterback Teddy Bridgewater continues on his journey to overcome a gruesome injury and return to the gridiron, we will provide the latest news and updates on his recovery. Get well soon, Teddy.
6/16/17 (Latest Update):
In an ESPN piece about Bridgewater’s remaining steps to take before he returns to the field, several Vikings, including TE Kyle Rudolph, WR Laquon Treadwell and Head Coach Mike Zimmer are astounded by the speed of his recovery, as well as his work ethic to make sure he returns to form.
Teddy Bridgewater gets the green light to progress his rehabilitation after having a positive meeting with his doctor.
As part of his rehab process, Teddy Bridgewater takes the practice field for the first time since his injury.
After months of speculation that Bridgewater may not ever be able to play in the NFL again due to his injury, Vikings coach Mike Zimmer stated that he’s “more optimistic now about him potentially playing than I have at any point in time”.
Teddy Bridgewater didn’t have to wait long to become the starter for the Minnesota Vikings. Unfortunately, it comes at the expense of Matt Cassel breaking bones in his foot. You wish it wouldn’t happen like that, but injuries happen in the NFL, and now it is Teddy’s time. Filling in for Cassel on Sunday against the Saints, Bridgewater went 12-20 for 150 yards and rushed for 27 yards.
The Minnesota Vikings will take on the Oakland Raiders on Friday night at 8:00 p.m. ET. Matt Cassel will start the game at QB for the Vikings, but Teddy Bridgewater won’t have to wait long to make his NFL Debut. Head coach Mike Zimmer and Norv Turner have both said that they intend to leave the rest of the starters in when Bridgewater gets in the game.
Starters don’t usually play a whole lot in the first preseason game, so look for Teddy to get in the game pretty early. I would anticipate both quarterbacks getting a series or two. If Teddy plays well and continues to practice like he has, the Vikings could very well name him the starter by the third preseason game. I have no inside information when I say that. That is just going off the notion that the third preseason game is where the starters play the most. So if, in fact, Bridgewater can win the job, they will want him to get as much work in as possible with the first team.
The following article is from CBSsports.com. Minnesota Vikings head coach Mike Zimmer says that if Teddy Bridgewater is the best quarterback, he will play. They are hoping that is the case, and so are we!
Teddy Bridgewater is the Vikings‘ latest franchise quarterback, a first-round pick taken three years after the team pegged Christian Ponder as that guy. Ponder will almost certainly be a free agent after the 2015 season, and it’s reasonable to think that, barring injuries, he may have already taken his last snap in a Vikings uniform.
Matt Cassel is the other veteran quarterback on the roster, and he played better than Ponder last season. But there’s a reason the team traded back into the first round to grab Bridgewater: They need immediate help at the position. That said, first-year coach Mike Zimmer won’t throw Bridgewater into the starting lineup until he’s proven he’s ready.
“Teddy will play when we feel like he’s ready, if he’s the best guy, which we hope that he will be,” Zimmer said, via StarTribune.com. “We always want to have competition.”