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.
— Minnesota Vikings (@Vikings) May 23, 2017
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.
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.