Mike Zimmer: We don’t know what Teddy Bridgewater’s return will lead to

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Wednesday is a big day for Vikings quarterback Teddy Bridgewater.

He’s practicing for the first time since injuring his knee 14 months ago, which starts the clock on a three-week window to add him to the active roster. That’s an exciting development for Bridgewater, but coach Mike Zimmer wants to “put the brakes” on anyone getting ahead of themselves when it comes what will happen with the quarterback.

“We still don’t know where that’s going to go, what’s that going to lead to,” Zimmer said, via Chris Tomasson of the Pioneer Press.

While Bridgewater tries to round himself back into form, the Vikings have Case Keenum, Sam Bradford and Kyle Sloter at quarterback. Bradford did not play against the Packers last Sunday due to a knee injury and Zimmer said he’s feeling better, but didn’t say whether he will practice this week. That doesn’t provide much reason to think his chances of playing are any better than Bridgewater’s when the Ravens come to town on Sunday.

53 responses to “Mike Zimmer: We don’t know what Teddy Bridgewater’s return will lead to

  1. Division is theirs for the taking. Could this be a Cinderella year for Bridgewater and the Vikings? Lord knows the NFL could use a positive story about a guy who battled back from injury rather than quit on his team and then blame a vast owner wing conspiracy.

  2. Great, young man. Hope you’re starting soon, Teddy! What a privilege and honor to support a team that has balance and depth and has owned Divisional Championships for most of their existence.

  3. The nice thing about having only run-of-the-mill, journeyman QBs is that there is not much of a dropoff in performance when somebody gets hurt. #InRickWeTrust

  4. He’s right, we really have no idea how this is going to play out. How will the knee respond to the rigors of daily practice? How will it respond to actually playing in a game? How much rust will he have after not playing in a real game in 21 months? Will he even get into a game if Keenum is performing adequately? How much improvement will he have perhaps made after sitting and watching for a couple of seasons? How much mobility has he lost? How much arm strength has he gained?

    A lot of questions, but it will be fun to watch the answers unfold in the coming weeks.

  5. It’s nice to have a great defense so much talent and depth that it literally doesn’t matter which QB plays. This team wins with Bradford. This team wins with Keenum. And this team will, at some point, win with Teddy.

  6. I don’t see why he needs to come back this year. If VIkes can go into the bye 6-2, and Keenum is healthy and continues to show consistency, I say don’t activate Bridgewater unless absolutely necessary. If we can finish 9-7 and squeak into the playoffs, I’m fine with that. That way he isn’t a FA next year and we can keep him under that rookie contract for one more year and evaluate QB options in the offseason. Release Bradford? Keep Keenum as QB2? Bradford certainly lost value and we don’t even know how his knees will continue to hold up. Or not.

  7. Keenum will, and should, continue to play unless and until either Bradford or Bridgewater are able to come back from their injuries and out perform him. Neither has shown they’re near ready for any type of live action to do that. It may be next trading camp before that changes.

  8. Most likely to happen: Bradford on IR, Keenum the starter and Bridgewater the backup with the possibility of becoming the starter is Case goes south.

  9. Why aren’t there more reports about Bradford’s potentially career ending knee injury?

    Keenum is the starter. Teddy should only come in o vividly of healthy and if Keenum starts to decline.

    And keep the Sloter kid. He was a fan favorite in Denver and many wanted him to start over simian.

  10. taintedsaints is right, they are going to stick with the guy who has been playing pretty much the whole season. It helps to keep continuity. However, if Keenum declines, they CAN go back to Teddy.

    I don’t think toldlikeitis will end up being right. Teddy would now be stepping into the most talented offense we’ve had since he started. He has shown explosive scoring potential when his O-line played well, which was very rare in his career so far. This year’s line is clearly vastly improved over the last several years, and now we have an established set of talented receivers and our run game has opened up.

    I hate to say it but this knee injury with Bradford was a matter of when not if. It was a surprise miracle he went all last season without getting injured. I don’t know how he comes back from this but if he does I don’t think it will be this year or as a Viking. Though he should have a market since he clearly played better than with any team before the Vikes.

  11. I don’t know if most football fans realize just how severe Teddy’s injury was. The odds are long that he will come back at all much less at the level he was at previous to the injury where he was really lighting up the NFL with his career high of 14 TD passes per season. He’s a great guy and all, but to suggest he was ever in the top half of the starting QB’s is wishful thinking. Still, this is the Vikings we are talking about so any positive play at the QB position is a game changer.

  12. Zimmer is using wait and see approach and will not rush anything in he best interests of Bridgewater. Meanwhile McCarthy is going to try to rush Rogers back as soon as possible in a desperate attempt to save both his job and Green Bay’s season at the determent of Rodgers’ health.

  13. RogerThat! says:
    October 18, 2017 at 2:13 pm

    When you have 4 QB’s you have none
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    Let me tweak that a little bit to make it a true statement. The Vikings have 4 QBs, the Packers have none.

  14. conormacleod says:
    October 18, 2017 at 1:15 pm
    I fully expect Keenum to start the rest of the year.

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    Agree. The team has good chemistry and the offense is benefiting from Keenum’s leadership and fire…if not his actual skill set. A coach will rarely mess with what’s working, but having Bridgewater ready to play is a huge positive.

  15. whatjusthapped says:
    October 18, 2017 at 2:05 pm

    I don’t know if most football fans realize just how severe Teddy’s injury was. The odds are long that he will come back at all much less at the level he was at previous to the injury where he was really lighting up the NFL with his career high of 14 TD passes per season. He’s a great guy and all, but to suggest he was ever in the top half of the starting QB’s is wishful thinking. Still, this is the Vikings we are talking about so any positive play at the QB position is a game changer.
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    No, he wasn’t in the top half of NFL quarterbacks, but the last time he played he was 23 years old. Aaron Rodgers didn’t become a starter until he was the age Teddy is now, and you keep reminding us that McCarthy was developing him during his three years on the bench. Why is it so impossible to believe that Teddy might be better in the future than he was in his first two years? He was in an offense built around handing the ball to a running back on first and second down 25 times a game when he’s ideally suited to the offense the Vikings are running now. He’s shown enough potential that there’s every reason to believe he could become a very good NFL QB, but all we hear from people like you is that he’s hit his ceiling. It’s almost as if you know nothing about football.

  16. You guys really don’t understand the difference between Norv Turner’s offense and Pat Shurmurs? If you understand, you know that Teddy will explode in Shurmurs offense.

  17. People who look at stats without any context, such as number of TDs thrown, make me laugh. Learn to understand advanced statistics which can be used with context and will represent which players are actually good. Don’t be one of those people who look at yardage and say “the Packers defense is just as good as the Vikings!”

  18. I don’t think there is any assurance at all that Keenum stays healthy — with example number one the injury to one of the most durable NFL QBs in the game last Sunday. While I suspect Keenum’s the guy till he gets hurt or starts to suck, if that happens, I’d just as soon Teddy step in rather than a rookie QB that has only been in the system a couple months (and was a college WR his first couple years). I’m also assuming Bradford is toast. One thing for certain, is that the off-season QB situation will be uncertain.

  19. Bradford is an excellent QB to have on the bench for a game or two as a backup… but I’m like most… It’s hard to watch him. Remember his first game or two when he dislocated his pinky and Boone told him to stick it out… Bradford was like “What the efff just happened to my hand!!!!!”.

  20. Bradford is done. He looks like Rosie the robot from the Jetsons.(Yes, I’m old)
    If the Vikings can’t get a draft pick in a trade, he will be cut loose.

    No idea if Bridgewater can ever play again.

    So cut Bradford. Keep Teddy and Sloter for next year. And Draft a freaking QB Spiedledope.

  21. I have no idea when he returns or how well he’ll do, but I’m very happy to see this. He’s a good dude, and I hope that he comes back as good as he ever was. Or better.

  22. tjacks7 says:
    October 18, 2017 at 2:38 pm

    You guys really don’t understand the difference between Norv Turner’s offense and Pat Shurmurs? If you understand, you know that Teddy will explode in Shurmurs offense.

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    There should have a rule that the word “explode” cannot be used when discussing Bridgewater. 🙂

  23. Teddy is a good kid and decent player, but that injury was horrific. Who knows what you have in him now? I’m not even trying to be my negative self towards the purples, but Teddy was just ok, I don’t know why, following this injury you can even project him as better…..we’ll see hoping for the best for him, I just kinda want him to succeed….like some above said, Bradford? seriously? that was and will always be a bad trade….Roll with Case, put Bradford on IR or somehow dump him

  24. whatjusthapped says:
    October 18, 2017 at 2:05 pm
    I don’t know if most football fans realize just how severe Teddy’s injury was. The odds are long that he will come back at all much less at the level he was at previous to the injury where he was really lighting up the NFL with his career high of 14 TD passes per season. He’s a great guy and all, but to suggest he was ever in the top half of the starting QB’s is wishful thinking. Still, this is the Vikings we are talking about so any positive play at the QB position is a game changer.
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    Well, Teddy did go 10-6 at the age of 23. Meanwhile, your fanbase is confident Hundley will do well, when you have no o-line and Hundley has no experience and no wins in the NFL. Kind of hard to take the position that Teddy is horrible but Hundley will get you to the playoffs.

  25. I hate to say it, but with all the work they had to do to reconstruct his knee, I have a hard time believing it will ever be right. It may be serviceable for walking, going up and down stairs and things like that. However I seriously have trouble picturing him scrambling in the backfield and trying to get a throw off. I wish you the best of luck Teddy, But I am suspicious this isn’t going to work

  26. The Packers would give up a 7th rounder for Teddy check down.

    Three firsts rounders might be enough to start negotiations. But, Green Bay should consider it. At least the Packers would finally have something to show for their first rounders other than an assortment of defensive busts.

  27. I don’t give a rat’s behind about WHO a pro competitor plays for when 14 months ago he was close to losing a leg and now, he’s progressed enough to give it another go. I’m in this kid’s corner and wish him only the best. Get after it kid.

    Go Pack.

  28. Bridgewater is younger and more susceptible to injury than Keenum. Otherwise they’re the same guy.
    And the people telling us that Bridgewater could turn into Aaron Rodgers are the same ones who were saying Flashy Patterson could turn into Jordy Nelson.
    “Could” is such a great word.

  29. Bluestree says:
    October 18, 2017 at 2:09 pm
    To paraphrase, when you have three quarterbacks, you have no quarterback.

    Unless you only have one QB and when he gets hurt you have no QBs.

  30. I hope they are very cautious with Bridgewater. That was a terrible injury and they need to take baby steps to make sure it can hold up to practice and then actual play. The first time he takes any kind of low hit or falls awkwardly on that leg its going to be a crucial test as to whether he’s back as a player or finished.

  31. The fact he’s even made it this far back is tremendous and remarkable. Good Luck Teddy! This Chiefs fan is rooting for you.

  32. I don’t know. I would rather roll with Keenum and have Teddy get back fully for next year than have a setback of any kind. If the doc says it’s ok and Teddy worked to get to this point he deserves to be activated and have a back up roll until Keenum falters or gets dinged. But I would rather see the Vikings play it super safe till 2018.

  33. I would like to see Teddy play this season. He is a talented QB. I also hope the Vikings lose every game for the next 20 years. Just for their fans, especially the ones who post nonsense on this site.

  34. I’d be interested in knowing what “medically cleared” actually means with Teddy. Does it mean that his knee is as strong, or stronger, than it was before he injured it? Is able to sprint, jump, cut, bend, and everything else he’ll need to do in an actual football game? Because if that’s the case, and he just needs to get back into football shape and get some full speed reps in, then he might be ready to play soon. But in no way should they rush him back if his knee is not “football ready”.

    As far as Keemun, come on now. He is nice back up, brings some energy to the offense, plays well in spells, but is just an average QB. He missed at least 6-7 throws that I saw in that GB game, and was lucky not to have a couple more passes picked off. Vikings are just not going very far if he’s has to start the rest of the season. We really need TB or Bradford to be healthy after the bye if Vikes are going to make the playoffs and make any noise this year.

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