Just 15 months removed from an injury that not only could’ve cost Teddy Bridgewater his career… but his leg. On August 29th, 2016, Teddy Bridgewater suffered a dislocated knee and torn ACL in practice. The injury was reportedly so severe that if not for the quick work of Vikings Trainer Eric Sugarman and his staff, Bridgewater would’ve lost his leg. It was a dark day for the Vikings and their fans.
Here we are 15 months later. Teddy Bridgewater has been activated to the Vikings 53 man roster today. Another Vikings quarterback (Sam Bradford) was placed on injured reserve and could possibly miss the remainder of the season. Bradford is eligible to return to the team in 8 weeks. Will that happen? Not likely. Sam Bradford has battled knee injuries throughout his career and the one he suffered against the Saints back in week 1 may be the final row call for Mr. Bradford. Some analysts and reporters have stated that they are not sure Sam Bradford will ever take another snap. In Bridgewater’s absence, Bradford threw for 23 touchdowns and just 5 interceptions.
What happens next?
Teddy Bridgewater is now eligible to play and could enter the game at any moment. Case Keenum will likely remain the starter against the Washington Redskins this Sunday while Bridgewater backs him up, but how long will that last? Case Keenum has played well in relief of Sam Bradford this season but everyone in Minnesota including the staff knows who’s team this is. I’m confident Teddy Bridgewater will be under center in week 11 when the Vikings return to Minnesota to face the red-hot Los Angeles Rams at US Bank Stadium. Get ready for them “Teddy” chants Vikings fans. #5 is BACK! #SKOL