Bridgewater (knee) will be ready to come off the PUP list and practice in three weeks when he's eligible, a source told NBC's Pro Football Talk. Bridgewater has not returned to practice since suffering a torn ACL during training camp in 2016. He's technically eligible to return in Week 7. There have been a few reports from unnamed sources in the past few weeks that he'll be ready to play midseason, but there's been no official word from the Vikings. His return to practice may become a contract issue as the Vikings may be motivated to keep him on the PUP list all season, as it would extend his rookie contract another year and delay his free agency until at least 2019.
The Vikings placed Bridgewater (knee) on the Reserve/PUP list Saturday. The move is merely procedural, as Bridgewater won't be returning to the field anytime soon. Having said that, the Vikings have been steadfast that he cannot be ruled out for the entire 2017 campaign. He's technically eligible to return in Week 7, but there's no telling when he'll be cleared to practice, let alone be ready for game action. Expect Sam Bradford to be under center for the entire 16-game slate, barring health concerns, while Case Keenum serves as the backup signal-caller.
Bridgewater (knee) is expected to remain on the Physically Unable to Perform list for the start of the regular season, but the team has not yet ruled him out for 2017, Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reports. Bridgewater has still not returned to practice since suffering a torn ACL during last year's training camp, so his opening up the season on the PUP doesn't come as much of a surprise. The good news is that the Vikings appear to be leaning on the side of optimism regarding the quarterback's status for the 2017 campaign, as they aren't going to rule him out for the season just yet. Upon being placed on the PUP for the regular season, Bridgewater won't be eligible to return until Week 7.
Although Bridgewater (knee) has "progressed a lot" he needs to show more to be activated from the Physically Unable to Perform list, head coach Mike Zimmer told ESPN. "He's got to be able to protect himself on the field and be able to do the movements that are required by his position," he said. Bridgewater is all but certain to begin the season on the PUP list and miss at least six weeks. It's uncertain if he'll be healthy enough to be on the active roster at all in 2017 after suffering a torn ACL and dislocated left knee during a training-camp practice in August 2016. The Vikings may also be motivated to keep him on the PUP list all season, as it would extend his rookie contract another year and delay his free agency until at least 2019.
The Vikings placed Bridgewater (knee) on the Active/Physically Unable to Perform list Wednesday, Nick Shook of NFL.com reports. No surprises here, as stashing Bridgewater on the preseason PUP list allows the Vikings to move him to the Reserve/PUP list when the regular season rolls around, which opens the door for him to potentially make a return in Week 7. However, it still isn't certain if the Louisville product will even be able to play at any point in this upcoming campaign.
|WK||DATE||OPP||OPP RANK||OPP FPTS|
|6||10/15||Green Bay Packers||7||15.00|
|11||11/19||Los Angeles Rams||11||16.00|
|16||12/24||@Green Bay Packers||7||15.00|
|3 Year Avg||65.0||2050||9||7||134||1||150|