Vikings post video of QB Teddy Bridgewater throwing at OTAs

The Minnesota Vikings haven’t offered a ton of information on quarterback Teddy Bridgewater’s recovery from a fluky and terrible leg injury before last season, so the video the team posted of Bridgewater on Tuesday seemed like a really big deal.

There was Bridgewater, the Vikings’ 2014 first-round pick, taking snaps and throwing passes at the team’s OTA practice with a brace and sleeve on his injured left leg. It appears to be the first time Bridgewater has taken snaps with the team since he severely injured his leg in a practice last August. Bridgewater tore his ACL and dislocated his knee, and was put on injured reserve. That led the Vikings to make a panic trade and send a 2017 first-round pick to the Philadelphia Eagles for Sam Bradford.

This video might not seem like much, but it is to Bridgewater and the Vikings.

That doesn’t necessarily mean Bridgewater is ready to go or is going to reclaim his starting spot from Bradford. But it’s a good sign.

When the Vikings declined Bridgewater’s fifth-year option, there were business reasons behind it. His 2018 salary would be guaranteed due to injury, and that was risky for the Vikings. It also wasn’t a great sign that the team was entirely confident in his progress, though the Vikings have praised how hard Bridgewater has worked in his rehabilitation.

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It would be a great story if Bridgewater came all the way back and got his promising career back on track. He presumably still has a long way to go to get back into game action. We’ll see what he’s allowed to do in training camp and if he can play this preseason. But after such a devastating injury, it was good to see Bridgewater back in uniform.

Teddy Bridgewater was taking snaps and throwing in the Vikings’ OTAs on Tuesday. (AP)
Teddy Bridgewater was taking snaps and throwing in the Vikings’ OTAs on Tuesday. (AP)

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