CBS Sports NFL Insider Jason La Canfora reported Sunday that Bridgewater, the team's former first-round draft pick and starter, this week, and that "there are no immediate plans to change course" atop the QB depth chart. According to La Canfora, Bridgewater will continue to gain practice reps and is now eligible to enter a game if need be due to injury or performance.
NFL Network's Ian Rapoport adds that Bridgewater could serve as the backup to Keenum as early as Week 10. Keenum, meanwhile, has "earned more starts" during his six-game stint as Bradford's injury replacement. Rookie Kyle Sloter, had served in a backup role behind Keenum with Bradford sidelined for the last three games.
Bridgewater hasn't taken the field since January 2016, missing all of the 2016 campaign after suffering a torn ACL and dislocated knee, but he's just 24 and two seasons removed from a trip to the playoffs as Minnesota's starter.
In relief of Bradford, who set an NFL record for completion percentage behind a porous offensive line in 2016 but remains in rehabilitation for his own knee issues, Keenum has gone 4-2 as a starter. His 88.8 passer rating, boosted by a two-touchdown day against the Cleveland Browns in London, has raised questions as to for a playoff run.
Minnesota (6-2) plays the Washington Redskins on Sunday after a Week 9 bye.