Teddy Bridgewater says he is going to play again this year, after a devastating injury has cost him the last 14 months of his career.
Bridgewater went down with a serious knee injury during practice on August 30, 2016. He dislocated his knee joint, tore his ACL, and suffered other “significant structural damage,” leading to legitimate questions abut whether he would play again.
At the very least, it didn’t seem like Bridgewater would suit up in 2017, but after hitting the practice field for the first time since August 2016 yesterday, he believes differently.
From the Pioneer Press:
“I definitely believe I’ll play this year,” Bridgewater said. “But I can’t just sit here and say it. I have to continue to put the work in on the practice field and show the training staff or the higher authority that eventually I can get back to the player I was.”
It is still no guarantee that the talented young quarterback will make his return in 2017. The Vikings must decide by November 8, whether to add him to the active roster. He is currently on the Vikings’ PUP list.
The team has struggled with the health of its quarterbacks once again. Sam Bradford has missed time this year, and his status remains up in the air. Case Keenum has looked okay in relief, but a healthy Bridgewater would be an upgrade, as he was rounding into form as a promising young quarterback before the injury. His ability to regain that form is still a huge question, though.