Almost 18 months after going down with a significant knee injury, Minnesota Vikings star quarterback Teddy Bridgewater is back on the practice field.
Bridgewater went down with what was described as a brutal knee injury, that left teammates “freaked out, swearing, and praying.”
The former Louisville star dislocated his knee joint, tore his ACL, and suffered other significant damage to the knee on a non-contact injury during the August 30, 2016 practice.
He was placed on the six-week PUP list ahead of this season, after missing all of 2016-17, but it was unclear if he would actually see the field this year. That is still a question waiting to be answered, but the fan-favorite QB took a big step today.
Good to see you back out there, @teddyb_h2o!
— Minnesota Vikings (@Vikings) October 18, 2017
Teddy Bridgewater ever the leader at front during Vikings warmup pic.twitter.com/XtMeGRwlME
— Chris Tomasson (@christomasson) October 18, 2017
And here it is, Teddy Bridgewater on the practice field pic.twitter.com/iVyAx1MVDf
— Matthew Coller (@MatthewColler) October 18, 2017
Viking ball boys may want to be careful around the recovering Bridgewater, lest they be unceremoniously dismissed.
Bridgewater has been full strength for just 24 hours and ball boys are coming within INCHES of tearing his ACL again pic.twitter.com/0FX3cjeq5U
— Laces Out (@LacesOutShow) October 18, 2017
The Vikings have had more injury issues at the position, with starter Sam Bradford missing time with a lesser knee injury. Case Keenum has looked serviceable in his place, but a healthy Bradford or Bridgewater could make the Vikings real contenders, especially with the Packers’ recent loss of Aaron Rodgers.