Teddy Bridgewater believes he’ll play this year for Vikings
Minnesota Vikings quarterback Teddy Bridgewater is positive he’ll be back on the field sooner than what most pundits had previously thought.
According to Tom Pelissero of the NFL Network, Bridgewater thinks he’ll be able to appear in an NFL game this season.
Teddy Bridgewater says "I definitely believe I'll play this year." But can't just say it. Needs to work and prove to everyone he can.
— Tom Pelissero (@TomPelissero) October 19, 2017
Bridgewater returned to practice for the first time this week since suffering a gruesome knee injury last year, which is definitely an encouraging sign for the Vikings, who are coming off a 23-10 win over the Green Bay Packer last Sunday.
When Minnesota drafted the former Louisville Cardinal signal-caller in 2014, it looked like they had found their quarterback of the future, but their vision was dampened two years later when Bridgewater went down with an injury. The Vikings reacted to losing Bridgewater by trading for Sam Bradford in order to fill the void left by Bridgewater, but their choice of replacement has since been on a constant cycle of injuries himself, forcing Minnesota to resort to backup Case Keenum for the handling of the team’s offense on the field.
Like what Pelissero implied, Bridgewater has long way to go before he’ll be deemed fully capable of handling the grueling and physically demanding job of an NFL quarterback again. Nevertheless, this is a big step forward towards Bridgewater eventually returning, regardless of when exactly will that be.