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Teddy Bridgewater working on the field at Vikings OTAs

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The Vikings have resisted putting any timetable on quarterback Teddy Bridgewater’s recovery from the severe knee injury that kept him out for the entire 2016 season, but Bridgewater appears to be making progress on his path back to playing.

The team posted a video and photos from Tuesday’s first Organized Team Activity of the year that show Bridgewater taking snaps from center and dropping back to throw passes. There’s only so much you can tell from brief moving and still images of a practice in shorts, but Bridgewater appeared to be moving smoothly with a large brace on his left knee and any signs of progress are heartening given how seriously Bridgewater was hurt last summer.

Tuesday’s session was not open to the media, so there was no chance to hear from Bridgewater or Vikings coaches. Wednesday’s session will have media in attendance, however, and Bridgewater’s status will likely be a popular topic of conversation although head coach Mike Zimmer, who is recovering from eye surgery, won’t be there.

The Vikings did not pick up Bridgewater’s contract option for the 2018 season, which opens up the possibility that he’ll be a free agent next offseason. He may also see his contract for this year roll over to next year if he’s placed on the physically unable to perform list to start the regular season, so there’s a lot to play out as the Vikings watch to see how Bridgewater fares physically while taking on a bigger workload.

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48 Responses to “Teddy Bridgewater working on the field at Vikings OTAs”
  1. hrmlss says: May 23, 2017 6:23 PM

    As a Packer fan I’m happy to hear this, for him. Rumors have been out there that may have had to amputate, and he might not be able to walk on it. Glad
    he’s doing better, and hope he can continue his career.

  2. purplepeople1 says: May 23, 2017 6:24 PM

    That’s awesome he’s seems like a great kid wishing you the best come back to us soon skol Vikings

  3. dasheisenberg says: May 23, 2017 6:32 PM

    Good, hope He starts in Sept…

  4. fafaflunky says: May 23, 2017 6:33 PM

    As a redskins fan. Thats awesome news. Good on ya teddy.

  5. patsfan4lifesbchamps says: May 23, 2017 6:36 PM

    The Redskins should trade for him

  6. 24hoursinaday24beersinacase says: May 23, 2017 6:37 PM

    Those non-contact injuries always seem to be the worst. Hope he can come back and help his team.

  7. stoneydog1000 says: May 23, 2017 6:39 PM

    How can anyone not root for Teddy? Get back soon, Teddy!

  8. fanfrommontreal says: May 23, 2017 6:47 PM

    Patriot fan here, this is the best football story of the day. Good luck for the future Teddy, may you be the Vikings starting QB on week one.

  9. eatme2259 says: May 23, 2017 6:48 PM

    This is a made for TV movie if he can come back. Wishing you all the luck Mr. Bridgewater.

  10. dawoger says: May 23, 2017 6:52 PM

    After the Reusse article this past Sunday exposed the truth about the vikes teetering on the brink of chaos, the Wilfs, Bagely and Speildolt devised this ploy to calm the panic-stricken, mentally-unstable skoltrolls from going Jonestown of them.

  11. slim1337 says: May 23, 2017 6:56 PM

    Awesome news but please don’t rush it.

  12. aypeeswhippingstick says: May 23, 2017 7:05 PM

    Atta boy! Come back soon Ted.

  13. djvh2 says: May 23, 2017 7:13 PM

    Great story and hope Teddy can come back. As a Packers fan, I will admit that if he turns out to be great, I’d rather we find that out after he goes to another team.

  14. cbblitz21 says: May 23, 2017 7:14 PM

    Another Packer fan checking in. Wishing nothing but the best for Teddy. Hopefully we can continue the Sunday rivalries and look forward to seeing him on the field again.

  15. whatjusthapped says: May 23, 2017 7:15 PM

    Teddy needs to come back, where will the Vikings find another QB to throw 14 TD’s a year? Those QB’s just don’t grown on trees, don’t you know?

  16. bradjames33160 says: May 23, 2017 7:24 PM

    come back healthy Teddy!

  17. bighoser says: May 23, 2017 7:24 PM

    Hope he makes it all the way back as he seems to be a good guy… If he doesn’t make it back, luckily for the Vikes that the Chefs drafted a QB to replace the original Teddy Bridgewater (aka Alex Smith) who will be looking for a job next offseason. The Original Captain Checkdown, welcome to Minnesota come 2018! (Assuming, of course, they drop their current version who wins less often and is more expensive. Looking at you, Bradford!)

  18. weepingjebus says: May 23, 2017 7:29 PM

    That is good news. You have to be impressed by the Vikings medical staff too.

  19. dioxinblues says: May 23, 2017 7:33 PM

    Good luck, Mr. Bridgewater!

  20. The Phantom Stranger says: May 23, 2017 7:43 PM

    I don’t know how anyone could possibly have anything negative to say about Teddy Bridgewater. I’m glad to see there are some classy Packer fans here to go along with the usual lowlifes.

  21. tjacks7 says: May 23, 2017 7:44 PM

    It’s going to be interesting, when he’s healthy enough to play. Some rumors indicate he could play in the preseason. But, if I’m Zimmer, I wait til the first game against the Packers to get him some warm up reps so he can sling it without the fear of being hit and to get his confidence back against the leagues 31st best passing defense.

  22. officialgame says: May 23, 2017 7:50 PM

    Just stay away from black cat Sam and everyting will be OK.

  23. liontuss says: May 23, 2017 7:53 PM

    Wow, that is great news! And all this trauma from no apparent contact. The advancements in orthopedic surgery are just remarkable.

    Just to laugh at the past for some levity (Teddy’s injury still makes me squirm), my football career ended in high school in 1972 on a clip. Torn MCL, ripped off tibia. The surgeon actually stapled it back to the bone and said to me later, “No more sports that require lateral cuts while running”. Not exactly a long list of options. Oh, and when the Doctor told me this he had a cigarette going.

  24. 60for90 says: May 23, 2017 8:02 PM

    Teddy put in many hours of hard work to get this far. It sounds like it was the most difficult part of his life. There’s something different about that kid that we admire.

  25. aliveguy24 says: May 23, 2017 8:15 PM

    Rooting for this young man!!! How can you not??

  26. joecancun says: May 23, 2017 8:16 PM

    Made my day.

  27. maust1013 says: May 23, 2017 8:19 PM

    No matter what team you root for it’s hard not to pull for this kid.

    Another Pats fan

  28. xarcticsoldierx says: May 23, 2017 8:21 PM

    Saw the video of him, looked decent. Can’t expect too much as of right now. Good luck teddy, the packers miss sacking you

  29. silentbenstrikesback says: May 23, 2017 8:21 PM

    Nothing he’s doing is going to increase the size of his hands. Otherwise, have a quick recovery and beat out Sam Bradford.

  30. The Almighty Cabbage says: May 23, 2017 8:39 PM

    Peterson’s recoveries and now this? The Vikings’ medical staff has to be among the best in the world.

    I too would like to see Teddy make a comeback but only if they feel he’s 100%. This is a brutal, brutal injury. I don’t want to see the kid get all crippled up for life.

  31. cribbage12 says: May 23, 2017 8:43 PM

    Good on ya Teddy. Wish you well.

  32. nhpats says: May 23, 2017 8:48 PM

    Nice kid…..glad he is recovering…..but let’s be honest, he’s not even as good as Tyrod Taylor…. he’s a stable backup at best

  33. uncommon1 says: May 23, 2017 8:53 PM

    dawoger says:
    May 23, 2017 6:52 PM
    After the Reusse article this past Sunday exposed the truth about the vikes teetering on the brink of chaos, the Wilfs, Bagely and Speildolt devised this ploy to calm the panic-stricken, mentally-unstable skoltrolls from going Jonestown of them
    _________________
    Super Cool. A Green Bay Packer fan reads a Minnesota Newspaper to learn about the Minnesota Vikings; a team that he “hates”. Makes sense

  34. absodefinitely says: May 23, 2017 8:59 PM

    whatjusthapped says:
    May 23, 2017 7:15 PM
    Teddy needs to come back, where will the Vikings find another QB to throw 14 TD’s a year? Those QB’s just don’t grown on trees, don’t you know?

    ——————————————————————–
    You are completely missing the point…he’s trying to overcome a horrific injury and return to playing football…the amount of hard work and determination just to get this far is pretty impressive , no stats can measure that dudes heart and willpower…

  35. nomoreseasontix says: May 23, 2017 8:59 PM

    I saw a video of it. Looked like he was moving around pretty well.
    Nice to see him taking snaps. And locking in on his one read.
    He looked pretty healthy which I’m glad for.

  36. dragonfly99 says: May 23, 2017 9:00 PM

    Wishing Teddy all the best, but wondering if Vikings management, that just recently declined picking up his option, is just using this as a “feel good” PR move in response to negative local media coverage.

  37. GenXJ says: May 23, 2017 9:10 PM

    “dawoger says:
    After the Reusse article this past Sunday exposed the truth about the vikes teetering on the brink of chaos, the Wilfs, Bagely and Speildolt devised this ploy to calm the panic-stricken, mentally-unstable skoltrolls from going Jonestown of them.”

    Anyone understand what this packalacky is saying?

  38. 1pavikingfan says: May 23, 2017 9:12 PM

    Good player, better man. Best wishes Teddy!

  39. walker1191 says: May 23, 2017 9:38 PM

    I wish him good health.

  40. shaggytoodle says: May 23, 2017 10:25 PM

    uncommon1 says:
    May 23, 2017 8:53 PM
    dawoger says:
    May 23, 2017 6:52 PM
    After the Reusse article this past Sunday exposed the truth about the vikes teetering on the brink of chaos, the Wilfs, Bagely and Speildolt devised this ploy to calm the panic-stricken, mentally-unstable skoltrolls from going Jonestown of them
    _________________
    Super Cool. A Green Bay Packer fan reads a Minnesota Newspaper to learn about the Minnesota Vikings; a team that he “hates”. Makes sense
    ___________________

    At least a Packer fan reseached something. Instead of shooting nonsenese like many viking fans do, but it certainly feels like ther eis much less to do in Minnesota than many of you make it sound.

  41. catchanotherpassadams says: May 23, 2017 10:55 PM

    Packer fan here hoping Ted makes a complete recovery and has a long career.I have never liked to see any players from other teams getting injured,,,,umm,,,now there was that playoff game in Carolina in 1996 when Irving got hammered and then Neon Deion played offense and he also got knocked out.I did enjoy that ,sorry.

  42. jbvikes says: May 23, 2017 11:37 PM

    Great kid, great human being, and it’s good to see fans from the different teams wishing him well too! Then you get a few Cheesehead fans that just can’t leave it alone. Just keep it up you select few. The rest of the world knows the true you.

  43. mnfaninil says: May 24, 2017 12:38 AM

    Nice to see there ARE some classy Packers fans mixed in with all the rest.

    Keep working Teddy, looking good.

  44. filthymcnasty3 says: May 24, 2017 12:40 AM

    What an unexpected treat it is to see lil Teddy back out there hobbling around.

  45. finfineman says: May 24, 2017 12:46 AM

    I hope you built up your body in the off season….You need more strength so this has less chance of happening again…

  46. aj66shanghai says: May 24, 2017 2:53 AM

    What an amazing feat, just to get back out there so soon. Got to he a little scary for him after getting such a freak injury his last time on the field.

  47. barelylegal18 says: May 24, 2017 8:17 AM

    Great to see a lot of fans from other teams pulling for Teddy, most of the ridicule is from Packer fans which is expected. Not much to talk about in Packer land except interfamily marriages and different ways you can slice cheese.

    Get well Teddy!

  48. dawoger says: May 24, 2017 8:20 AM

    The uneasiness of reading a post that forces you to confront truth is the primary reason you skoltolls are irritated by Pack fans posts. The barneys history is what it is, pitiful. We enjoying watching you make fools out of yourselves trying to deny and reshape it as anything but pitiful.

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