In a shocking development, Teddy Bridgewater was spotted this week throwing without a knee brace. The Vikings quarterback was not expected to play at all in the 2017 season after his unfortunate knee injury last preseason, but there is hope now that he will return early. If Teddy is ready at some point throughout the 2017 campaign, things will be very interesting within the organization.
Footballzone (@UReady4Football) shared photos from Bridgewater’s Instagram (@teddyb_h2o) on Twitter:
It was not an organized team practice, but nonetheless it is promising to see from the young signal-caller.
What Does This Mean for the Vikings?
While I still expect Sam Bradford to be the starting quarterback, I am optimistic that Bridgewater can win back the job. Both are in contract years and have to prove their worth. The front office will be left with a tough decision moving forward, but I believe Teddy is still the long-term solution.
Given that Minnesota did not pick up the 5th-year option on Bridgewater, there is no guarantee he will be there beyond 2018. However, if Bridgewater stays on the PUP list for the entire season, his contract rolls into next season. But there is always the possibility that something happens to Bradford, let’s not forget his own injury history. Do they turn to Bridgewater in a backup role or ride out the season with someone else and prepare for the future?
It is a dicey situation that will be addressed at some point in 2017. All Vikings fans can do is hope for the best and trust the front office to make the right decision. Personally, I want Teddy to start first game of the season. We’ll see how things unfold.