Teddy Bridgewater believes he'll play this year for Vikings

Cheryl Sanders
October 20, 2017

For the first time in 14 months, Teddy Bridgewater participated in practice with the Minnesota Vikings on Wednesday.

"It could be just completing a pass down the field or making a sudden movement in the pocket", Bridgewater said Thursday. "I wouldn't go out on that practice field if I wasn't".

Bridgewater will likely remain on the PUP list for the next 17 days as part of the 21-day window the Vikings have to determine whether they will activate him to the 53-man roster or move him to injured reserve for the rest of the season.

"I thought he looked like Joe Montana", tight end Kyle Rudolph said. "Just good to be out there with the guys - in the huddle, calling plays, looking those guys in the eyes and seeing those guys trust in me and I trust in those guys". "The future is bright".

The 24-year-old signal caller blew out his ACL and dislocated his knee, along with other structural damage, on a non-contact play during training camp. Bridgewater told reporters he didn't feel rusty, attributing it to the face he's been watching a lot of practice and game film, and is "familiar with his teammates and what they do". So a roster decision on Bridgewater will need to be made by the November 12 game at Washington.

Bradford (knee) was held out of Wednesday's practice. Case Keenum remains on track to start against Baltimore.

He and the Vikings are taking baby steps together as his rehab intensifies.

The? Minnesota Vikings' plan for the quarterback has been to ease him into practice and eventually put him in more "uncontrolled" environments in 11-on-11.

Bridgewater was back on the practice field Thursday afternoon. Bridgewater said Cooper regularly was pleased during checkups with how he was doing and that on Monday he "was pretty proud with all the work that I've put in". "With this situation, the biggest thing I took away was that I hope that someone out there who's been counted out, who's been doubted, can look at my story and say here's a guy who was once counted out".

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