The Vikings could see a huge boost in their team's morale as young quarterback Teddy Bridgewater has been cleared to return to practice.
Bridgewater is a Louisville Cardinal alumni who really stood out in his college years to scouts. As a rookie he passed for 2,120 yards to go along with 14 touchdowns and a staggering 12 interceptions. He cleaned things up a bit in his sophomore year with 3,719 yards, 27 touchdowns, and only eight interceptions throne.
In his final year of collegiate play Bridgewater racked up 3,970 yards with 31 touchdowns and only four interceptions. He decided to forgo his senior year and declared for the 2014 NFL Draft, where he was selected by the Minnesota Vikings who traded back into the first round to select him with the 32nd overall pick.
As a rookie Bridgewater did fairly well as he passed for 2,919 yards with 14 touchdowns and 12 interceptions. In 2015 Bridgewater had the best season of his career, passing for 3,231 yards along with 14 touchdowns and nine picks. He took the Vikings to the playoffs and made his first career pro bowl.
Bridgewater suffered a devastating injury in the preseason of 2016. During a team practice on a no-contact drill Bridgewater suffered an ACL tear, in addition to other structural damage such as a dislocation of the knee joint.
After the injury it was believed that Bridgewater could miss 17-19 months, however, earlier this week it was announced that he had been cleared to return to practice but would be unable to return to action for three more weeks.
While some fans may get excited in belief that we could see Bridgewater back in action this NFL season, Mike Zimmer put a halt to that belief by claiming that the team still has no idea what will happen with that situation as we move forward (quotes via ProFootballTalk):
“We still don’t know where that’s going to go, what’s that going to lead to,” Zimmer said, via Chris Tomasson of the Pioneer Press.
What are your thoughts on Bridgewater returning to Vikings practice after his battle with injuries over the past several months? Do you think we could see him return to action this NFL season? Or will Minnesota likely hold him out for the rest of the year to make sure he's fully healed up? Let us know your thoughts in the comments section below!