Report: Signs pointing to Bridgewater not playing

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Officially, Vikings quarterback Teddy Bridgewater is questionable for Thursday night’s game at Lambeau Field with a sprained ankle.  Unofficially, it’s not looking good.

ESPN’s Adam Schefter says the signs are pointing to Bridgewater not playing.

The question the Vikings ultimately must ask themselves is whether an impaired and unprepared Bridgewater presents a better chance of victory than a healthy Christian Ponder.  Throw in the risk of aggravation of the ankle injury, and perhaps the right decision is to protect Bridgewater.

Indeed, the smart play for Bridgewater would be to take the night off.  But he surely wants to play.

Either way, it’s likely that the Vikings at some point today will elevate McLeod Bethel-Thompson or Chandler Harnish to the active roster, unless the Vikings plan to use a former quarterback like receiver Jarius Wright, in the event that Bridgewater doesn’t dress and Ponder gets injured.

With 12 games left and the Vikings not likely to win at Lambeau Field even if Bridgewater were 100 percent, maybe it makes sense to see what offensive coordinator Norv Turner can do with Ponder.  Bridgewater may suffer another injury at some point later in the season, and a team with needs at quarterback may decide to make an offer for Ponder at the trade deadline approaches.

98 responses to “Report: Signs pointing to Bridgewater not playing

  1. There will be no drop-off from Bridgewater to Ponder. Are you kidding? Ponder will play lights-out. There is nothing he would not want more than to beat Green Bay on the road, especially after being “shelved.” Under any circumstance, the Packers should not take this game lightly.

  2. Love watching Vikes struggle, but the Pack has looked good for one game against a horrid Chicago secondary. Not sure a Minn loss was a given if Bridgewater plays and is healthy.

  3. Great, just flipping great. Ponder is like crabgrass — you just can’t get rid of either of them and neither looks good.

  4. If they don’t elevate a quarterback, instead of Wright, they could play Marqueis Gray as well.

    Get Bridgewater’s ankle ready for the rest of the season — this is one game. The future doesn’t hinge on it .

  5. The question the Vikings ultimately must ask themselves is whether an impaired and unprepared Bridgewater presents a better chance of victory than a healthy Christian Ponder.

    A traffic cone with a football duct taped to it presents a better chance of victory than a healthy Christian Ponder.

  6. And the sound you hear is countless televisions across the state of Minnesota shutting off..

    I refuse to watch Ponder struggle his way to another loss. Three years is enough.

  7. Why is the smart thing to do is take the night off? The team will rally around a player who is willing to play hurt. Give me break. You better be lying to those trainers today/tonight Teddy! I know you want to play. Make it happen.

  8. Personally, I hope he has a miraculous recovery to 100% and plays. I want the Packers to continue their ownership of the Vikings, and without excuses.

  9. Perhaps the most important point to make about this injury is that if it weren’t for Roger Goodell’s over-inflated ego, and his desire to get the NFL’s cable network noticed, this game would be played on Sunday, and Bridgewater would likely be able to play.

    Players and teams should not be put in this situation. The week off between games has a purpose, and one of those purposes is to let players heal from their injuries from the previous game. Three days rest is a lot less than six days rest.

    For a league that is claims to be putting player safety first, that doesn’t add up.

    Most of these Thursday games being played between division rivals. This is an important game for both teams in the NFC North. The outcome should not be effected by the league’s desire to push up the game day three days for the sole purpose of getting the NFL Network more exposure.

    A better commissioner would do what’s best for the players and the integrity of the game, and either put an end to these weekly Thursday games, or make sure the teams playing in those games are coming off the bye week. If you can’t do that, then don’t schedule the games for Thursday.

  10. Looks like the Vikes will have to run run run the ball! Doesn’t hurt that the Pack is last in run defense. Still don’t see an upset. I just hope it is not another Thursday night blow out!!!

  11. I wonder what signs Adam is looking at? The Vikes have made no roster moves (i.e. bringing up a practice squad QB), they have had no media announcements. I think this is just one dudes personal opinion. Bridgewater will play. I played safety in college with a badly sprained ankle. Training staffs can tape them up so you don’t even know you were injured. He’ll play, believe me.

  12. Well this works out well for Vikings fans. Now they have their go-to excuse when they get their doors blown off this evening.

  13. As a fan of good football I’d much rather watch TB play than Ponder, but if I was a MN fan I’d be hoping they hold him out. I don’t think a hobbling non practicing TB will do any better than Ponder and could end up missing more time if rushed back. If he plays you know he’s gonna scramble. That’s risky.

  14. Why would the Vikings trade Ponder? Bridgewater got hurt in his first start, so it looks like having an experienced backup could be kind of important. Is it really worth trading a solid backup for a sixth-round pick? And who is going to trade for Ponder? A quarterback going to a new team in the middle of the season isn’t going to have any meaningful impact.

  15. I can understand all the excitment after just one good game given the Vikings haven’t had a franchise QB since 2005 (Favre was on his last legs and as it turned out, his last NFC Championship game INT after 12 men in the huddle)

    Bridgewater might give them the best chance to win but the medical staff should have the final say. You can’t risk everything just because you are playing the Packers. Not finishing in last place is a noble goal, another loss on Thursday night is not good but look at the long term, you can always find out if he is another bust QB in the back half of the schedule.

  16. If this game were played on Sunday, Teddy would play. If it weren’t raining, Teddy would play. It’s all about being healed enough to be able to protect himself and prevent making this injury worse. He doesn’t need practice to beat the Packers, and the Vikings don’t need to win this game to make the playoffs. Their schedule the rest of the season is pretty easy and a healthy Bridgewater is the key to the season.

  17. No guts couldn’t even make it through his first game. Reminds me of Ponder wussing out with a bruise on his arm.Now we are going to be left with well we would have won if “Tiny Hands” would have played. Let the excuses begin! After this game at least you will be back in your familiar position which is last.

  18. I wonder if this is going to be yet another Thursday night blow-out, leading to bored spectators, lower ratings, and yet another demand by CBS for a refund.

  19. We don’t need the name Thompson on our team/franchise. He can be on any other teams but just not the Vikings. Thompson in Green Bay or MN sucks. If Bridgewater plays, Vikings will win for sure. Packers suck anyway!!!!

  20. It could be brutal if Ponder goes the whole game. He looked BAD in relief of Teddy on Sunday.

  21. Ponder can be bad and he is capable of being competent.

    I truly hope Norv can bring some of Ponder’s talent to the surface.

    IMHO Ponder has often been a victim of poor coaching decisions (like acquiring Worm-burner McNabb for Ponder to “learn” behind).

    Ponder has always been a team player and he has no quit in him.
    I hope he has a great game, we’re lucky we have him on the roster.

  22. IT takes broken bones to keep Packers out of the lineup. In Minny, they bruise their arm or stub their toe and they’re a no-go. It doesn’t get more pathetic than that folks!!

  23. Wright was a quarterback in high school. I’m sure 10 plus other people on the roster played quarterback in high school too. But, I wish it would happen. That would be awesome.

  24. Since the Vikes don’t stand a chance of even sniffing the playoffs this year they should sit Bridgewater and protect him from injuring the ankle even more.

  25. On the other hand, how hilarious and entertaining would it be if the Vikings, who are 9 1/2 point road dogs, beat the Pack with Ponder at QB?

  26. I’d take the long view here. You don’t want Bridgewater hobbling around on a jacked up ankle for years like Byron Leftwich. The reality is that the Vikings are probably not going to the playoffs and if they lose, it’s just that much higher of a pick to add talent to the team next year. Chances aren’t great with Ponder, but you never know. If he limits mistakes and the Packers can’t bring down McKinnon, then the Vikings have a chance.

  27. How funny would it be if Ponder starts and the Vikes win?

    No AP, no Rudolph, no Fusco, no Greenway.

    Youd think something like that would shut the packer rubes up, but I doubt it.

    Teddy is playing anyway.

  28. Vikings not likely to win at Lambeau Field even if Bridgewater was 100%??? This is the same Packer team that almost lost to the Jets at home a couple weeks ago. The Vikings are a better team than the Jets.

  29. Disagree strongly with the quote about the Vikings not being likely to win at Lambeau even if TB was 100%. This team racked up over 550 yards of offense last Sunday, and they’re going against a less than stellar defense tonight.

    The question that is hopefully being asked is whether or not it’s possible for TB to hurt his ankle any worse than it’s already hurt by playing on it. In other words, is it just sore, or is he risking damage if he plays?

  30. I can pretty much guarantee you that the Packers defense isn’t sitting back and thinking “this will be easy”. And I bet a professional QB like Rodgers isn’t saying that either.

    It’s still the NFL. And these are still the best players in the world. Any given “Thursday”. Let them play and battle it out. Most of the time this rivalry comes down to the 4th quarter.

  31. oh lawd have mercy! Bridgewater and the rest of the Vikes beat a Falcons team that is always suspect on the road. The prior week Ryan was getting the same praise after his performance. The rookie has no body of work. Assuming he would perform as well against GB on the road is nonsense.

  32. I hope Ponder does well, Musgrave’s offense was B-L-A-N-D. Ponder’s a good guy, hope the new offense suits him better.

  33. It’s a twisted ankle. He’s not even limping. You tape it and give it a go. It’s not like he’s limping around on damaged knee ligaments or has a bum throwing shoulder.

    FYI for those of you who think he’s another RGIII….TB isn’t a running QB. He’s a mobile QB. Huge difference.

  34. If the Vikings’ long term strategy is to keep losing and amass high draft picks, it seems to be working.

    No reason to upset that apple cart now.

  35. Forecast is for heavy rain. Why risk it? With rain going to be a running game anyway. Ponder can hand off. (i think)

  36. To my fellow PACK fans calling Teddy a coward and “ducking” the Pack – I hate to say it guys but nobody fears our defense. Nobody is “ducking” us. And it’s not Teddys decision to be held out of the game, it’s the medical staff. Ignorance of my fellow pack fans (you know who you are trolls) and very frustrating sometimes. Enjoy the game. GO PACK!!

    >

  37. Why does my team have too be so bad? Teddy shows signs of being good but can’t play on a sprained ankle. My fantasy team is busted. skool!

  38. Packers fan here… Was looking forward to watching Bridgewater play, he looked very promising against Atlanta. I know their defense it bad, but it really looks like he has what it takes. Will be interesting over the next few years to see if MN can compete again in the division.

  39. I can’t believe after three years of pure hell in regards to quarterback play for the Vikings, we find ourselves back at square one with woeful Christian Ponder starting. Just like in True Detective, I guess time is a flat circle.

    This game is lost before it even begins for Minnesota.

    Game over, maaaan!

  40. This sort of reminds me of another Viking rookie with an ankle sprain who torched GB at their place about 14 years ago…

    It’s just an ankle sprain it’s not like he’s being asked to play with, say, a torn ligament in his knee (looking at you Shanahan). I hope he is allowed to man up and go play!

  41. longtimefanhtr says:
    Oct 2, 2014 12:48 PM
    If you’re scared say you’re scared.
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    Is this to TB or to the Packer fans?

  42. thegreatgabbert says:
    Oct 2, 2014 1:09 PM

    Word on Bridgewater coming out is that he was too small and fragile to hold up in the NFL. Well, he lasted one game. Almost.
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    It’s a sprained ankle. It’s not like a collarbone or anything.

  43. This has the makings of a 14-10 barn burner with the weather tonight, get in there and hand the ball off Teddy!

    The Vikings defense is pretty healthy minus Greenway, that could make a huge difference tonight. And Green Bay has one of the worst in the league, should be interesting.

    I don’t expect a decision til 90 minutes before kickoff.

  44. Thursday Night Football has been a disaster.

    Although the matchups have very been intriguing (division rivalry), I have yet to have any interest after the first half.

  45. thegreatgabbert says:
    Oct 2, 2014 1:09 PM
    Word on Bridgewater coming out is that he was too small and fragile to hold up in the NFL. Well, he lasted one game. Almost.

    how many games did rodgers miss last year? and clay mathews etc etc etc

  46. “I wonder what signs Adam is looking at? The Vikes have made no roster moves (i.e. bringing up a practice squad QB), they have had no media announcements. I think this is just one dudes personal opinion. Bridgewater will play. I played safety in college with a badly sprained ankle. Training staffs can tape them up so you don’t even know you were injured. He’ll play, believe me.”

    They already have a practice squad QB on the team. His names Christian Ponder

  47. you know what, if Ponder is the starting QB due to injuries then:

    Go Ponder!!!!!

    Until the final gun sounds, I am cheering for Christian. If I am really a fan, what’s my alternative??

  48. stellarperformance says:
    Oct 2, 2014 10:52 AM
    Personally, I hope he has a miraculous recovery to 100% and plays. I want the Packers to continue their ownership of the Vikings, and without excuses
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    Without excuses? Either way, Bridgewater is still considered a backup rookie QB. He’s only in cause the first back-up starting QB was hurt. I mean, that is what you all called Cassel right? A backup? So why would his backup limit excuses? Didn’t you give a bunch of excuses when Rodgers went down last year? I remember seeing “We would have won if Rodgers played” So now even if Bridgewater does play what would be the difference? A bit hypocritical, don’t you think?

  49. This is a loss for the every football fam who now must watch as Christian Ponder throws for 135 yards and no touchdowns in a 23 – 19 Vikings win..

  50. # 1 Cassel is out for the year so Ponder does not get traded.

    # 2 RG3 played when he should not have and the result may be a ruined career

    # 3 Beating Green Bay with our 3rd String QB. Sweet.

    # 4 This Game is all on the Vikings D and Patterson. This needs to be his BUST OUT game as it was WRIGHT on Sunday.

  51. Players play on moderate sprains all of the time. If they didn’t, have of the team would be sitting out every game. I don’t know the last time I heard of a QB sitting out because of a mild sprain. It’s not a chronic issue like a hamstring or something like that.

    If he’s truly not playing, it’s pathetic.

  52. stellarperformance says:
    Oct 2, 2014 10:52 AM
    Personally, I hope he has a miraculous recovery to 100% and plays. I want the Packers to continue their ownership of the Vikings, and without excuses

    _____________

    I guess you wouldn’t consider having the best RB in the game out of the lineup a valid excuse? Of course I don’t remember hearing ANY excuses after wonder boy broke his brittle bones last season. Don’t care about excuses, get on the line, snap the ball, and knock the piss out of each other for 60 min. Hurry before the NFL makes blocking, tackling, and playing football illegal.

  53. So the Queens “franchise” qb is hurt after one start? Future looks bright, then again, you guys thought Ponder was a good pick.

  54. Any reason to watch!? I took the day off work just to get ready for it. Its kind of a lose/lose for the packers as far as bragging rights go though. If we win, we beat a team with a back up (or rookie) qb and no RB. If we lose, we lost to a team with a no RB and a back up qb….plus the poet will post a book on the first story.

  55. Teddy is in GB, for what it’s worth.

    . . . if you’ve heard a Zimmer press conference you know Z likes to play the Belicek card.

    You only hear coach-speak or Zimmer talking about how the D has to “get smarter”.

    We won’t know if Teddy is playing until 90 minutes before the game, we do know Teddy IS in GB.

    (To trolls only) You nervous Bro?

  56. This is gonna be great….whoever plays at QB this is a Vikes win. Everybody said relax last week after Rodgers carved up the defenseless Bears. What was lost in all of this was the fact that the Packers D was not much better. I could have played defense against Cutler in the second half.

    Packers are a very average team and will be beat tonight. The rain will help dial in Rodgers and balance him out. Fatty Lacy can’t carry the team.

  57. pkrlvr says:
    Oct 2, 2014 2:46 PM
    Any reason to watch!? I took the day off work just to get ready for it.
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    I salute you!

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