During team practice on August 30, 2016, Minnesota Vikings star Teddy Bridgewater suffered a non-contact injury to his left leg with an MRI later confirming he had torn his ACL and suffered other structural damage, including a dislocation of the knee joint.
The quarterback missed the entire 2016 season as a result, as well as the beginning of the 2017 season as he began the season on the PUP List. On November 8, over 14 months since his injury, he was activated from PUP to the active roster to back up Case Keenum.
Bridgewater suited up for the first time in over a year to be Keenum’s backup for the Vikings’ Week 10 game against the Washington Redskins, and naturally, he was very emotional about the whole occasion. It had been 672 days since Bridgewater was last active in an NFL game.
Bridgewater was seen in tears on the Vikings sideline prior to their kickoff against the Redskins. Tears of joy of course, as he could finally live his dream of playing the NFL again after it initially looked like the injury had taken that away from him.
This is easily one of the best moments of the 2017 NFL season so far, and fans were excited to see him back, even if it meant he was just sitting on the sidelines for now.
Vikings head coach Mike Zimmer has said, according to ESPN, that he will evaluate the starting quarterback job on a “day-to-day” basis, meaning there is a chance Bridgewater could be the starter this weekend when Minnesota plays against the Los Angeles Rams.
Zimmer said: “I’ve got a plan. Sometimes plans change. We’ll see how it goes, and we’ll sit down this week, and we’ll visit about it and go from there.”
Keenum threw for 304 yards and four touchdowns in another Vikings win on Sunday, but he also threw two interceptions in the second half which almost gave Washington a way back into the game to steal a win.
While Keenum has done enough to keep the starting job for now, Minnesota may be forced to turn to the more talented Bridgewater further down the line when their defense isn’t able to hold up opposing offenses which, considering how well the Rams are playing this season, could be this weekend.