Teddy Bridgewater

#5 QB / Minnesota Vikings / EXP: 4YRS Height: 6-2 Weight: 215 lb Age: 25 College: Louisville Bye 9

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  • Bridgewater will again serve as Case Keenum's backup Sunday against the Rams, Craig Peters of the Vikings' official site reports. Keenum earned at least one more start with his four-touchdown performance in Sunday's 38-30 win over Washington. He did throw interceptions on consecutive drives in the second half, but it wasn't enough to prevent the Vikings from earning their fifth straight win. The team may continue to evaluate its quarterbacks on a week-to-week basis, taking into account both Keenum's performance in future contests as well as how Bridgewater looks during practices. With Keenum, Bridgewater and Sam Bradford (knee) all in line to become unrestricted free agents this offseason, the Vikings undoubtedly would like to take a look at Bridgewater post-surgery before deciding whether they want to move forward with the 2014 first-round pick as their franchise quarterback. It's an unusual situation, especially for a red-hot team with a 7-2 record.

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  • Bridgewater (knee) is listed as active Sunday at Washington, Chris Tomasson of the St. Paul Pioneer Press reports. Making his long-awaited return from a devastating knee injury, Bridgewater will take on a backup role to Case Keenum while he prepares for his first action since the Vikings' wild-card loss to the Seahawks in January of 2016. Keenum has a firm hold on the starting gig at the moment, but head coach Mike Zimmer will likely want to see how Bridgewater reacts to live snaps at some point this season.

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  • The Vikings activated Bridgewater (knee) from the Physically Unable to Perform list Wednesday. Bridgewater's lengthy recovery from a severe non-contact injury to his left knee suffered in training camp last August has finally reached its conclusion, with the Vikings bringing him back to the active roster after he endured no setbacks during practice the last three weeks. The Vikings likely weren't counting on Bridgewater to contribute this season, but with Sam Bradford (knee) landing on injured reserve in a corresponding move following an arthroscopic procedure Tuesday, the 2014 first-round pick is now next in line at quarterback behind incumbent starter Case Keenum. While Keenum isn't the Vikings' long-term answer behind center, he's been serviceable while Bradford has missed all but two games this season, so it may take an injury to Keenum or decline in performance before Bridgewater sees snaps in 2017.

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  • Bridgewater (knee) will be activated from the Physically Unable to Perform list Wednesday, but won't start the Vikings' Week 10 game against the Rams, Chris Mortensen of ESPN reports. As expected, the Vikings will activate Bridgewater with his 21-day window to return from the PUP list set to expire this week, and with the 24-year-old's surgically repaired left knee apparently responding well to practices, he should displace Kyle Sloter as the top backup to Case Keenum on Sunday. Mortensen relays that the Vikings believe Bridgewater, who missed the entire 2016 season while recovering from the dislocated knee, will be ready to start relatively soon, but it's unlikely that Keenum will be moved to the bench unless his performance dramatically dips following his strong half of the season. Sam Bradford had previously opened the season as the Vikings' starting quarterback, but he's been sidelined since aggravating a knee injury in Week 5 and may be a more likely candidate to head to injured reserve at this point than challenge either Keenum or Bridgewater for the top role.

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  • Vikings head coach Mike Zimmer said Tuesday that Bridgewater (knee) isn't necessarily guaranteed to start for the team once the quarterback is activated from the Physically Unable to Perform list, Jeremy Bregman of NFL.com reports. "I haven't decided that yet," Zimmer said, regarding who would start at quarterback for the VIkings when Bridgewater returns. "We'll continue to take it one day at a time. Just see where [Bridgewater] is at, where the team is at, how Case [Keenum] is doing. The whole deal." With Bridgewater's left knee apparently presenting few complications since he resumed practicing Oct. 18, Zimmer noted that the team is "prepared" to activate the signal caller ahead ahead of its Week 10 matchup with Washington. Given that Keenum has admirably guided the Vikings to a 6-2 record amid the season-long absence of Bridgewater and the absence of Sam Bradford (knee) for all but two games, there's reason to believe that Zimmer will elect to maintain the status quo coming out of the team's bye week. That would allow Bridgewater to get some more practice time under his belt and remain sharp in the event that Keenum regresses or succumbs to an injury.

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