Vikings WR: “We all witnessed a miracle” with Teddy Bridgewater

AP

The Vikings are no strangers to impressive comebacks from injury. But the latest one has apparently transcended to a religious experience.

Veteran wide receiver Jarius Wright was with the team in 2012, when running back Adrian Peterson came back from a torn ACL to win the MVP. And seeing quarterback Teddy Bridgewater come back from his traumatic dislocated knee 15 months ago is inspiring the same kind of awe.

“It’s only one more person I saw that was more determined than [Bridgewater],” Wright said, via Chris Tomasson of the St. Paul Pioneer Press. “That might have been Adrian whenever he was coming back. Just to see how hard [Bridgewater has been] working, and I know he’s going to be great when he gets his opportunity, so we all witnessed a miracle.”

It may be a little early to say that, since Bridgewater hasn’t played yet. While declaring him ready, the Vikings are going to continue to start Case Keenum this week.

Bridgewater hasn’t talked to reporters yet, but his teammates have been impressed with the way he’s worked his way back from his Aug. 2016 injury.

“We have the same trust in him that we had before everything happened,” receiver Adam Thielen said. “In fact, we probably have a little more trust with just how tough he’s been through all this and how hard he’s worked. It’s pretty impressive. . . .

“Teddy is a guy who’s happy when he’s on the field playing football. The last three weeks he’s been out there, he’s been pretty excited because he of all people is going to take advantage of every second he’s on the field, because he knows how fast they can be taken away.”

Once he gets back on the field (and it seems inevitable), it will be interesting to see if Bridgewater goes through a period of rust, because the Vikings are playing well in his absence, and have remained near the top of the NFC.

56 responses to “Vikings WR: “We all witnessed a miracle” with Teddy Bridgewater

  1. I’m a lifelong Packer fan… That said, Just the fact that Teddy is not walking with a cane is a miracle… the chance that he might be able to compete again. That’s something special right there. I hope the same for Zach Miller, hope he gets the same treatment and therapy.

  2. Any Vikings fan that thinks Teddy takes over for Case Keenum in a few weeks or Vikes ride Case out for the rest of the season????

    I still think Teddy plays week 11 against the Rams at home. Case has played about how you’d expect a high end veteran to perform. But, I think the Vikings know it’d be tough to get through the playoffs with him. He’s thrown 3 TDS and 3 INTs in his last three games. It’s probably going to take Teddy some time to knock of the rust… so I think you play him sooner rather than later if you are counting on him down the stretch.

    Case is a veteran who is used to coming in on short notice. He’s already done it twice this year starting week 2 against the Steelers and coming in during the Bears game. If Teddy struggles, the switch back to case is relatively easy.

  3. Even though I’m a Packers fan, I’m glad to see Teddy coming back. Nobody should want to see anyone injured, especially when it’s that bad.

  4. I’m pretty excited for Teddy. We’ve always known he has that certain “it” that people gravitate to and feed off of. When his time comes to step on the field again in a real game it’ll be a huge emotional boot for the team too. Teddy needs to turn that boost into touchdown passes when it happens.

  5. I underestimated how good of a kid he was. What he’s done since August 2016 IS a miracle regardless of how the rest of his NFL career goes. I only hope someone did a documentary on the last 14 months so I have a chance to show my kids (and myself) what hard work and determination really looks like.

    Good job Teddy, keep up the good work!

  6. He will start his first game of the year at home against the Rams in my opinion. When he scores his first TD the place is going to erupt. Moments like this is why I love football.

  7. Teddy has only practiced 7 times in 15 months, so no doubt he has a lot of rust to knock off. I’m actually surprised that the Vikings won’t even dress Sloter this week. Vikings will ride with Keenum as long as they are winning and he is healthy, but his leash will get shorter and shorter as Teddy works his way back.

  8. Give him the off season to get it stronger and next training camp to prepare to be the #1 guy. Coming back too early isn’t worth it.

  9. Well this puts absolutely zero pressure on Teddy, who hasn’t taken a snap in over a year. Especially with a Super Bowl in the home stadium this year.

  10. The guys in the locker room really like Case Keenum, but they love Teddy Bridgewater. Case was brought in to be the backup and he has performed admirably, but he understands what his role is. This is a situation where changing the quarterback isn’t going to create any controversy. Both for this year and next year, you have to see what you have in Teddy. There’s no reason to think that he isn’t ready to come back, but if you put him in and he isn’t able to do it, you can put Case right back in there. There’s nothing to lose and everything to gain by giving Teddy a start in the near future.

  11. New England>Your Team says:
    November 9, 2017 at 9:39 am

    What we witnessed is highly educated doctors performing masterful work. Who cares about them though? Let’s just give all the credit to Teddy and pretend he’s superman or something.
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    Have you ever had an injury requiring surgery? You don’t just go to the doctor, wait a while to heal, and then you’re good as new. Teddy put in 15 months of grueling rehab, and he obviously did a lot of work because he’s back earlier than expected. Great job by the doctors and trainers who saved the leg that was nearly severed at the knee, but that’s not the whole story.

  12. I was at the last night of training camp for the scrimmage and Teddy was the last player to walk out to the field and the place went insane. I don’t know if there has ever been a Viking more loved than Bridgewater. If he plays and plays well this year it has to be a miracle.

  13. Hmm. Haven’t seen any Miracles in my day but I’m gonna guess God/Jesus/Whomever doesn’t need 15 months. 🙂

  14. numba1wiscosportsfan says:

    November 9, 2017 at 10:42 am

    Nice story and player. I hope the pack make him an offer this off season as the q.b. Of the future in Green Bay. Go pack go
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    you will find a good QB with a top 3 pick…. now that Rogers is done….

  15. This is just ideal click bait for the Pack commenters, who are already getting their comments ready for the “miracle” recovery of their version of godliness.

  16. New England>Your Team says:
    November 9, 2017 at 9:39 am

    What we witnessed is highly educated doctors performing masterful work. Who cares about them though? Let’s just give all the credit to Teddy and pretend he’s superman or something.

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    Even common knee surgeries–ligament repairs, joint replacements–require extensive rehab to restore range of motion, prevent scar tissue, etc. Teddy’s injury was much more extreme, and he also had to rehab to the level of being a professional athlete, not just to walk and go up and down stairs like most people. Yes, the doctors did wonderful work, but a great deal of credit is owed Teddy to have come back from what he suffered.

  17. The whole team walks on water, doesn’t it?..

    Kind of a change from the Packers huh? For the last 7 years all we heard from the uninformed sports press was how great the Packers are, their front office, coach and talent..It seems the Packer are now underwater, and now everyone knows why…One man team propped up the entire operation

  18. A miracle with Teddy Bridgewater would be if he could average at least a full TD per game passing!..

    If Brady had Peterson his entire career, he would have less TD passes as well. For those who actually watched Teddy before injury, when they got in the red zone, it was Peterson the rest of the way..

  19. nhpats says:

    A miracle with Teddy Bridgewater would be if he could average at least a full TD per game passing!

    Just out of curiosity, how many full seasons did Tom Brady play before he threw for over 4,000 yards? 5. How many seasons before he threw for over 30 TDs? 7.

    People who look at box score stats without any context amuse me.

  20. Again, good for Teddy, but lets see him actually play a game effectively and stay healthy before we anoint him a water-walker. It is, however, encouraging to have a team deep enough to maintain a winning record with its third QB, as opposed to one that sinks like a cannonball and drowns without their starter.

  21. Best of luck to Teddy on his comeback road, sincerely from a Packer fan! The rehab is done and it’s time to see what he’s got when he gets his chance. The actual miracle though will be the Vikings winning a championship. If that happens I’ll be getting my earthly affairs in order as it will be a sign of the coming apocalypse.

  22. nhpats says:

    November 9, 2017 at 11:29 am

    A miracle with Teddy Bridgewater would be if he could average at least a full TD per game passing!
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    He did as a rookie, 14 TDs in 13 games. 2015 he was under, but the Vikings also were 3rd in rushing TDs. Bridgewater only had 42 pass attempts in the red zone. Peterson got all the touches. For some perspective, Bortles threw over 90 times in the red zone and had 35 touchdown passes. His team went 5-11. Some more perspective, the Vikings were 7th best for percentage of drives that ended in points with Teddy under centre. Teddy moved the ball, got first downs, kept the defense off the field, delivered points and, most importantly, won games.

  23. Not a Vikings fan (49ers), but I’m a fan football so I don’t wish to see players injured, especially so early in their career. Congrats to Teddy on his recovery.

  24. Just out of curiosity, how many full seasons did Tom Brady play before he threw for over 4,000 yards? 5. How many seasons before he threw for over 30 TDs? 7.
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    ITS 2 YARD TOM…FOR A REASON…….

  25. So when is tough guy Zimmer going to say something good about Teddy? There’s no doubt that Zimmer thinks Teddy should have just rubbed some dirt on it and kept practicing.

  26. tokyosandblaster says:

    November 9, 2017 at 9:28 am

    Oh Jesus.
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    It’s alive!!!…..unfortunately. Go crawl back under your rock. You have nothing useful to say the rest of the year, as if you ever did.

    >

  27. stellarperformance says:

    November 9, 2017 at 10:42 am

    The whole team walks on water, doesn’t it?
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    Sorry we broke your quarterback(team).

  28. We all know that rust never sleeps; so let’s keep Teddy napping until next year. He needs to go through a whole off season AND training camp. He is not up to speed, like Case is.

  29. Best of luck to Teddy on his comeback road, sincerely from a Packer fan! The rehab is done and it’s time to see what he’s got when he gets his chance. The actual miracle though will be the Vikings winning a championship. If that happens I’ll be getting my earthly affairs in order as it will be a sign of the coming apocalypse….

    What team goes around annointing themselves Super Bowl champions after 8 games? Certainly not the Vikings or their fans. This is just nonsense the Packer fans are trying to push

  30. So when is tough guy Zimmer going to say something good about Teddy? There’s no doubt that Zimmer thinks Teddy should have just rubbed some dirt on it and kept practicing….

    Have you ever read how Zimmer feels about Teddy? Obviously not. He loves the kid and was heartbroken when he went down. What a stupid thing to post. I would worry about getting your collectives clocks cleaned by Seattle tonight

  31. stellarperformance says:
    November 9, 2017 at 10:42 am
    The whole team walks on water, doesn’t it?

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    packer season over, why are you still here?

  32. New England>Your Team says:
    November 9, 2017 at 9:39 am
    What we witnessed is highly educated doctors performing masterful work. Who cares about them though? Let’s just give all the credit to Teddy and pretend he’s superman or something.

    ***

    Doctors are special in that they can perform the surgery. That’s all they can do though. Injuries affect people in many different ways. Determination, willpower, resilience, gratitude, faith and hope is not something doctors can provide Teddy. He has to provide that for himself, which is what he did. Besides, who the heck are you to minimize what he’s done? Spoiler alert: nobody.

  33. Teddy Bridgewater sounds like a great guy but it doesn’t take away from the fact that is an average QB. I’ve seen him play several times and his arm & accuracy are mediocre at best. I seriously don’t get all of the hype on this guy.

  34. nhpats says:

    November 9, 2017 at 11:29 am

    A miracle with Teddy Bridgewater would be if he could average at least a full TD per game passing!…

    Pretty gutsey…What if Brady goes down? Will Hoyer be your savior? Why don’t you enjoy your team and not make fun of other injuries. Remember Belecheks acumen as a GM is not even close to his coaching ability. He has busted on draft picks and free agents resulting in the worst defense in the league. Hoyer couldn’t hold that up like Brady can…You jusdt might be the Packers if you lost Brady

  35. Vikings fans complaining that Packers fans are here because the Packers season is over?

    I hate to point out the obvious, here, but…

    If that’s your logic, why are any vikings fans here, ever?

  36. Is anyone else as shocked as me that the season is already over and the Vikings won the SuperBowl?

    Congratulations. I had no idea. Does it feel better than beating the Packers? No?

  37. I just went back and checked because I was afraid I had missed something.

    Nope.

    Still Zero Super Bowls for the Vikings.

    And their fans still act like they’ve won every single one.

  38. Glad to see him back on the field. It is amazing.

    That said, he can now lead the Vikings to their 58th straight year with no Championship trophies in the case.

  39. Why are more Packer fans commenting on this story? Oh yeah seasons over and they don’t have a QB of their own to focus on. No one is acting like they won the Super Bowl here, just excited to see Bridgewater who is actually a likable human being unlike the diva you have come back from a horrific injury. Keep focusing on our zero championships if that makes you feel better about yourselves and your lost season.

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