Latest workout pictures show Teddy Bridgewater without a knee brace

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When Vikings quarterback Teddy Bridgewater got back on the practice field this spring for the first time since the devastating left knee injury that wiped out his entire 2016 season, he was wearing a large knee brace.

Given the severity of the injury, that came as little surprise but it seems Bridgewater doesn’t need to wear the brace for all of his on-field work. Michael Rand of the Minneapolis Star Tribune notes that Bridgewater posted pictures of a workout on his private Instagram account on Wednesday that showed him going through his drills without any added support for the knee.

As with Bridgewater’s work during OTAs, there’s no reason to think that a workout without the brace is a sign that Bridgewater is ready to jump up to a full schedule after an injury that created doubts about whether he would be able play again. It does add more reason to keep an eye on the Vikings’ decision about placing Bridgewater on the physically unable to perform list, however.

It seems likely that Bridgewater will be on the list to start camp, but the bigger question may come at the cut to 53 players. If Bridgewater remains on the list at that point, he’ll be ineligible to play or practice for the first six weeks of the regular season and the chance that he’ll sit out another year will remain a strong one.

44 responses to “Latest workout pictures show Teddy Bridgewater without a knee brace

  1. I hope Teddy makes it all the way back. His 14 TD’s a year is sure to scare any NFL defense. Especially when the defenses had to respect his running ability, which is all but gone with this knee injury.

  2. good news

    But the knee braces players use to try to limit ACL injures are not likely to help much. its a good sign he can get out there without it.

    Better to get his muscles as strong as possible to protect his knee than think the brace will help.

  3. Best QB situation in the NFCN. Proven vet and a proven franchise QB on the same roster… almost unheard of. Both ridiculously accurate and have never cracked their receivers ribs with poorly thrown balls.

  4. Carl Gerbschmidt says:
    Jul 13, 2017 12:23 PM

    I guarantee there will be a QB controversy in minny before week 8 of the regular season.
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    And this is a bad thing how? If Teddy shows he can play this year, that’s a great thing. Personally, I think there’s no chance he doesn’t start the year on the PUP because then the Vikings maintain his rights for 2018 at a low contract. Week 8 is probably a little early for a QB controversy since Teddy can’t come back until Week 7.

    Most likely scenario is that Bradford is solid but not spectacular, the Vikings win games, and Teddy doesn’t see the field unless there’s a late-season injury to Bradford. The controversy starts after the season when the Vikings have to decide if they want to bring Bradford back if Teddy is healthy.

  5. In the long run another year is probably the best thing for him. Can’t hurt.

  6. Good for Teddy, although even with a brace, I suspect he would be able to “run around out there” and play football against the team whose fans above seem to be making the most comments, particularly CMIII with his 20 tackles, 5 sacks and $13-$14M annual cap hit.

  7. This Instagram pictures from players often mean very little. Remember when Aaron Rodgers posted pictures of him pretending to play with a Samurai sword behind his pretend girlfriend Olivia?

  8. The Phantom Stranger says:
    Jul 13, 2017 1:10 PM
    Carl Gerbschmidt says:
    Jul 13, 2017 12:23 PM

    I guarantee there will be a QB controversy in minny before week 8 of the regular season.
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    And this is a bad thing how?

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    It’s a bad thing because it means you have no stability at the QB position. I guess I don’t blame you for not understanding that since the last time you had stability at the QB position was Fran “the Fraudster” Tarkenton.

  9. He’ll PUP the first 8 weeks, then will be great to have two great choices at QB. Meanwhile, if Erin gets injured, the Packers can battle the Jets for worst record in the NFL.

  10. Carl Gerbschmidt says:
    Jul 13, 2017 1:46 PM

    It’s a bad thing because it means you have no stability at the QB position. I guess I don’t blame you for not understanding that since the last time you had stability at the QB position was Fran “the Fraudster” Tarkenton.
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    I thought I made it clear that there wouldn’t be stability anyway, because the Vikings have to decide if Sam or Teddy is their QB of the future. I’d rather have two good options than be forced to give big money to Sam, just so I can worship at the altar of “stability.”

  11. The only thing Carl can guarantee is that he’ll continue to make dopey comments on Viking articles. Great to hear Teddys recovery is coming along fine.

  12. Teddy was mediocre before his injury. Now, with a lot of hard work and dedication, he might actually regain mediocrity in a couple of years.

    Go Teddy!

  13. Bradford has great skills but Teddy is a winner and a true leader of men. He was ready to cut loose and be the Vikings offense. It was put on hold and the fans can’t wait for him to come back.

  14. Whether Teddy plays this year or not, I expect the Vikings to show up in a PFT power rankings article sooner rather than later.

  15. h0metownzero says:
    Jul 13, 2017 12:16 PM

    It so nice to see that cute little guy running around out there, trying to play football.
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    You do realize that he’s bigger than Aaron Rodgers, don’t you?

  16. I knew the Vikes made a terrible mistake when they picked this guy over Carr. Carr essentially had a personal professional QB tutor his whole life in his older brother Derek who could teach him everything and help him learn some hard lessons.

    As a Lions fan, I’ve seen Teddy play twice a year and his arm is weak, he is more passive in attacking a D than Alex Smith, and he just looks small and super ineffective. He’s not anywhere close to as good as Bradford and never will be, let alone Carr.

  17. The Phantom Stranger says:
    Jul 13, 2017 4:16 PM
    h0metownzero says:
    Jul 13, 2017 12:16 PM
    It so nice to see that cute little guy running around out there, trying to play football.
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    You do realize that he’s bigger than Aaron Rodgers, don’t you?
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    To be fair to him he probably does not realize this because before Rodgers gave up flattening cheese and dairy he was heavier than Bridgewater. But now he is lighter. They are the same height.

  18. grayone77 says:
    Jul 13, 2017 2:45 PM
    Regardless of how anyone feels about him as a QB, how can you not be happy for him?
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    Agreed, grayone77.

  19. wafflestomp says:
    Jul 13, 2017 4:37 PM
    This is great news.
    He’ll be back slinging 14 Tds against 14 picks and leading the league in poise in no time.
    Go Teddy Go!
    skoLOL!
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    Funny, but you left out the part where he marched his team into Lambeau and beat your golden boy QB who claimed they were playing for “all the marbles” to go 11-5 and win the NFC North! And what exactly did Rodgers do his second year in the league? Clean Favre’s cleats and fetch McMuffin his donuts?

  20. tjacks7 says:Jul 13, 2017 12:52 PM

    Best QB situation in the NFCN. Proven vet and a proven franchise QB on the same roster… almost unheard of. Both ridiculously accurate and have never cracked their receivers ribs with poorly thrown balls.
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    Injury uncertainty backing up mediocrity is the best QB situation in the NFC North? Rodgers is more accurate in his career than Bridgewater or Bradford, but that’s only part of the story. Have yet to see a QB break ribs with a poorly thrown ball.

  21. hamlet423 says:
    Jul 13, 2017 12:44 PM
    good news

    But the knee braces players use to try to limit ACL injures are not likely to help much. its a good sign he can get out there without it.

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    Sam wore a knee brace since college but ditched it after the second torn ACL. Definitely didn’t help him! Best of luck Teddy!

  22. The Phantom Stranger says:
    Jul 13, 2017 4:16 PM
    h0metownzero says:
    Jul 13, 2017 12:16 PM

    It so nice to see that cute little guy running around out there, trying to play football.
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    You do realize that he’s bigger than Aaron Rodgers, don’t you?

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    Only a queen fan would know that!!!

  23. Carl G – the Vikings had stability @ QB with Tommy Kramer,Wade Wilson, Randall Cunningham, Duante Culpepper,Teddy Bridgewater, Sam Bradford. All played QB for the Vikings after Fran Tarkington. You failed.

  24. Tommy Kramer’s stability consisted of a sub-.500 record and throwing two more career TD’s than INT’s, including 4 seasons as a starter where he threw more INT’s than TD’s, and a 3-year run injuries where he started 21 of 48 games- not too stable.

    Wade Wilson only became a starter half-way through 1987 and then shared the position with Gannon in 1990 and 1991. In his 2 years as designated starter, he only started 22 out of 36 possible games. He was a picture of instability with the Vikings.

    Randall Cunningham was a Viking for 3 years and never started for a full season, and made 23 of a possible 48 starts.

    Culpepper did provide stability at the position for 6 years as long as Randy Moss was there to run underneath his passes. He was the only one in the group you named.

    The jury is still out on Bradford and Bridgewater. Bridgewater has averaged 14 TD passes in his 2 years which is really stable and bad- but if he provided stability at the position, then the Vikings wouldn’t have had to trade a first round pick to get Sam Bradford, whose short passes set a record for completion percentage and only got the Vikings to a .500 record. Also, it’s spelled “Tarkenton”, not “Tarkington”. Probably a good thing to learn the spelling of the best QB in your favorite team’s history.

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