Teddy Bridgewater cleared to practice for first time in 14 months

Doug Mendoza
October 17, 2017

Bridgewater was cleared by the doctor who performed the surgery past year, a source with direct knowledge of the exam that the quarterback underwent Monday in Dallas told ESPN's Chris Mortensen. "He's worked extremely hard".

Bridgewater's decision to rehab in Minnesota also sent a message to his teammates that the popular quarterback wasn't going to be far away.

Bridgewater is nearly 14 months removed from a severe non-contact injury to his left knee.

If the quarterback is not back on the field by Week 10, the following Sunday at home against the Los Angeles Rams has to be when Minnesota finally decides to put Bridgewater back in the starting lineup right? According to Jay Glazer of Fox Sports, Bridgewater is hoping to get clearance from team doctors to join practice.

Zimmer said Bradford is doing "pretty good" and wouldn't speculate on if he will practice this week.

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"I don't think it's any more serious than what it is", Zimmer claimed.

Dr. Dan Cooper, an orthopedic specialist who performed the major surgery on the dislocation on September 9, 2016, examined Bridgewater on Monday morning and cleared him to begin practice on Wednesday, according to ESPN. "He hasn't practiced in 14 months, so we're not going to (overdo it) Wednesday".

Following Bridgewater's injury, the Vikings traded for Sam Bradford, who opened this season with a 346-yards, three-touchdown opening win game against the New Orleans Saints - a 29-19 Vikings victory. Case Keenum has been starting in Bradford's absence.

Keenum, who started for the Vikings in their 23-10 win over the Packers, said after the game Sunday he's not anxious about how Bridgewater or Bradford's status could affect his future. I love this team, I love this offense, and I love the atmosphere. "I can go out and play quarterback and have fun".

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