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Teddy Bridgewater | Quarterback | #5

Team: Minnesota Vikings
Age / DOB:  (24) / 11/10/1992
Ht / Wt:  6'2' / 215
College: Louisville
Drafted: 2014 / Rd. 1 (32) / MIN
Contract: view contract details

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Teddy Bridgewater (knee) said he definitely will play again.
When asked if any doctor told him there was a chance he would not play again, Bridgewater replied, "Not at all." The quarterback said he is "taking it one day at a time" and not looking "too far down the road," but everything this offseason has indicated he will return at some point. Still, it will not be a surprise if Bridgewater is stashed on reserve/PUP to start the season. Jul 27 - 12:39 PM

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Vikings placed QB Teddy Bridgewater (knee) on the active/PUP list.

It makes him a candidate for the in-season, reserve/PUP list, which would cost Bridgewater the first six games of the year. Although Bridgewater has made largely impressive progress in his recovery from last August's devastating knee injury, there are no indications he'll be available for Week 1.
Jul 26 - 8:32 PM

Vikings coach Mike Zimmer said Teddy Bridgewater (knee) is likely to begin camp on the active/PUP list.

This is so unsurprising it barely qualifies as news, but any update on Bridgewater's recovery is worth a note. Even if he lands on the PUP list to start camp, Bridgewater will be able to come off the list at any time, although it remains possible if not likely he opens the season on the reserve/PUP list, which would cost him at least six games. Bridgewater looks like he will return to the field at some point this year, but he still has a long way to go in his recovery.
Jul 23 - 6:37 PM

Teddy Bridgewater (knee) is working out with former college teammate DeVante Parker.

The duo played together at Louisville. Bridgewater was pictured wearing a brace on his surgically-repaired left knee during this workout after photos emerged of him getting in work without the brace earlier this week. With the Vikings not giving any real updates, these info drips are the only way to judge Bridgewater's recovery. From what we can tell, the quarterback has a shot to return at some point this year, although he will almost certainly open camp on the active/PUP list.
Jul 15 - 2:27 PM

Teddy Bridgewater posted pictures on Instagram showing him working out without a brace on his surgically-repaired left knee.

Bridgewater was seen doing work during OTAs and minicamp, but it was always while wearing a brace. The quarterback is still likely to open training camp on the active/PUP list, but it continues to look increasingly likely he is cleared to return at some point this season. If that happens, he is expected to back up Sam Bradford.
Jul 13 - 11:38 AM

The Minneapolis Star-Tribune's Matt Vensel cannot "rule out Teddy Bridgewater (knee) getting cleared to return at some point in 2017."

That was the impression we got when Bridgewater surprisingly threw some passes in individual drills during the offseason program. Still, Vensel cautions Bridgewater "still has a ways to go" before he is cleared to return. If he is able to come back, Bridgewater will back up Sam Bradford.
Jun 19 - 10:36 AM

Appearing on PFT Live, Vikings LG Alex Boone said Teddy Bridgewater (knee) "looks great."

"And the one thing I love about Teddy is he’s so determined," Boone said. "He’s got a chip-on-his-shoulder mentality and I think he’s going to come out well on the other end." Despite the positive signs from Bridgewater, Boone admitted the Vikings are Sam Bradford's team at this point, calling him a "true leader." It looks like Bridgewater at least has a chance to get back on the field this season, but it will be as a backup if he does.
Jun 15 - 9:02 AM

Vikings GM Rick Spielman said there is still no timetable for Teddy Bridgewater's (knee) return.

"It’s an unknown because of the severity of the injury," Spielman said. "We’re not going to put his health at risk." Videos of Bridgewater throwing passes in OTAs have popped up over the last few weeks, but it is clear he still has a long way to go. That said, it is no longer unthinkable he is able to back up Sam Bradford at some point this season.
Jun 8 - 11:38 AM

Teddy Bridgewater (knee) threw "a few undefended passes" during positional drills on Wednesday.

Bridgewater spent most of his time on the rehab field, but it is promising he was allowed to throw a few passes with the other quarterbacks. Bridgewater still has not been cleared to practice, but coach Mike Zimmer said he is "progressing as well as anybody could expect" after a horrific knee injury last August. It is not unthinkable he is able to back up Sam Bradford come Week 1.
Jun 1 - 10:08 AM

Vikings coach Mike Zimmer said Teddy Bridgewater (knee) is "progressing as well as anybody could expect."

Zimmer, who is home recovering from eye surgery, has only seen practice tape of Bridgewater but likes what he's seen. "He’s throwing the ball well. He’s got good velocity, accurate," Zimmer said. "He’s working his rear end off. It just makes you proud for him." Despite the progress, Zimmer conceded Bridgewater still has a "long ways to go." Regardless of Bridgewater's availability, Sam Bradford is locked in as the Vikings' Week 1 starter.
May 26 - 2:19 PM

Teddy Bridgewater (left knee) took snaps and threw passes at Tuesday's OTAs session.

In a video released by the team, Bridgewater was dropping back with his surgically-repaired knee sheathed in a long brace. Speaking earlier this month, coach Mike Zimmer said he was feeling "more optimistic" about Bridgewater's recovery, but cautioned he still had a "long way to go." At best, Bridgewater is questionable to back up Sam Bradford in Week 1. The reserve/PUP list remains the most likely possibility.
May 23 - 6:11 PM

Vikings coach Mike Zimmer said he's feeling "more optimistic" about Teddy Bridgewater's return from a torn ACL but admitted he still has a "long way to go" in his recovery.

Bridgewater took part in some conditioning at OTAs but he's nowhere close to playing. If the Vikings decide to stash Bridgewater on I.R. this season, his contract would toll to 2018. That appears to be the most likely scenario at this point. Sam Bradford is locked in as Minnesota's Week 1 starting quarterback.
May 5 - 1:44 PM

The Vikings will not exercise Teddy Bridgewater's 2018 team option.

With the options guaranteed for injury only, the Vikes were never going to exercise it for a player coming back from one of the more severe knee injuries in recent memory. Per reporter Tom Pelissero, Bridgewater is expected to begin 2017 on the reserve/PUP list before being re-evaluated in October. Bridgewater is taking part in offseason conditioning, which is a good sign. Sam Bradford will be the Vikings' 2017 quarterback.
May 1 - 3:08 PM

Updating a previous item, Teddy Bridgewater's (knee) contract would toll to 2018 if he spends all of this season on reserve/PUP.

With this information, it makes all the sense in the world for the Vikings to stash Bridgewater on PUP, let him rehab, and then revisit the situation in 2018 when Sam Bradford is scheduled to be a free agent. A lot will happen between now and then, but it sounds like Bridgewater won't hit free agency next March.
Apr 26 - 3:07 PM

ESPN's Adam Schefter reports the Vikings are expected to decline Teddy Bridgewater's fifth-year team option for 2018.

As expected. Bridgewater mangled his knee last summer, forcing the Vikings to swing a deal for Sam Bradford, and Bridgewater still isn't healthy and remains without a timetable for return. Bradford is expected to get an extension at some point, which should allow Bridgewater to hit the open market in 2018. (They're not going to pay both.) He shouldn't be rushing to get back to the field in Minnesota unless Bradford gets hurt. Bridgewater is still just 24 and could be an interesting free-agent case next year.
Apr 26 - 10:48 AM

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3Bucky Hodges
4Kyle Carter
5Nick Truesdell
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2Reid Fragel
3Rashod Hill
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