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Vikings Head Coach Mike Zimmer "More Optimistic Now" About Potential Return For Teddy Bridgewater

Budding Minnesota Vikings star quarterback Teddy Bridgewater went down with a brutal knee injury last summer. It sounds like Bridgewater still has a lot of work to do, but head coach Mike Zimmer is optimistic.

Zimmer spoke about the status of his franchise quarterback after the team declined to pick up its fifth year option for the former Louisville standout.

From the Star Tribune:

“I love Teddy Bridgewater,” Zimmer said Friday during the team’s rookie minicamp. “The guy is working his rear end off and continues to fight every single day. Everything about him, when he’s rehabbing and doing the work he has to do is the exact same way he approaches life, so. I’m excited.

“I’m probably more optimistic now about him potentially playing than I have at any point in time. But he still has a long way to go.”

Bridgewater suffered the horrible knee injury last August, which was so bad it caused the team to end practice early. It was reported that trainers may have actually saved Bridgewater's leg by treating him quickly. The team then traded for Sam Bradford, who had a decent year for Minnesota last season, and could very well be the starter again this year.

Bridgewater was recorded throwing a football earlier this spring, but it doesn't seem like his return is imminent. Hopefully we'll see him back on the field soon enough, though.

[Star Tribune]