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Teddy Bridgewater has ‘no concerns at all’ about playing again

Aug 12, 2016; Cincinnati, OH, USA; Minnesota Vikings quarterback Teddy Bridgewater (5) warms up prior to the game against the Cincinnati Bengals, in a preseason NFL football game at Paul Brown Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Aaron Doster-USA TODAY Sports

It took Teddy Bridgewater three months to return every text message he received following his severe knee injury. In total, it was about 800 messages. He wanted to use the people who believed he would be back on the field one day as motivation.

“I never had any doubt,” Bridgewater said, speaking with the media for the first time since being activated. “That’s a credit to people around me. They never once let me get down, never counted me out. Getting back out there, this is not only about me, it’s about the people who counted me in.”

The Vikings will start Case Keenum this week as Bridgewater continues to practice. Bridgewater did not give any indication about when the team could name him the starter. In his first practice since being lifted from the Physically Unable to Perform list, Bridgewater was listed as a full participant. He was asked whether there will be worries about getting back on the field with his surgically-repaired knee.

“No concerns at all,” he said. “Out training staff, our strength and conditioning staff, they’ve done a great job of preparing me to get to this point. Once I get out there, it’s no regrets, no holding back, whatever’s meant to happen happens. I trust God’s plan for me.”

“The hard part is out of the way,” Bridgewater added. “I’m still going to make improvements and get better health wise and be the best teammate I can be. I can’t wait to get out there Sunday with the guys and get that feeling of coming out of the locker room, preparing for a game, preparing to play, things like that.”

Bridgewater will join a new offense from the last time he was under center, but he should have a strong understanding of Pat Shurmur’s system. He has been in team meetings and going through practices using virtual reality over the past few months.

“It’s just two different systems,” Bridgewater said. “The thing is, this offense allows guys to make plays. Our previous offense, I think, was more downfield offense. This offense is a mix of both. I’m excited to be a a part of it.”

  • wdnemesis

    So happy for Teddy. People that were saying he only had a week are obviously not following up on Teddy’s recovery as the big picture. The Vikings now have to wonder when they decide to start up Teddy’s Quarterbacking role again as the starter. I can’t wait to see Teddy play again and improve. Rodgers did not get to be Rodgers over night.

    • TuPacalypse

      Why would you compare Teddy to Rodgers?

      One is a first ballot hall of famer and the other averages 14 TDs / 10 INTs per season and has never led a pass offense wasn’t at the bottom of the league.

      • wdnemesis

        No crap. I am not comparing dingwit. I am just saying Rodgers became good. He improved.

        • TuPacalypse

          Rodgers was good from the first games he started much like Deshuan Watson, then Rodgers became great.

          Teddy is way behind being good and his ceiling is much lower as he’s never shown to be a big playmaker.

          If we saw other team’s QBs average 14 TDs / 10 INTs we’d call them underwhelming or a bust. Let’s just be consistent.

          • wdnemesis

            Right man like Rodgers was some good when he started. He sat behind Rodgers get lost. I was not comparing QBs

          • wdnemesis

            Rodgers was never that good when he started by the way. It took him years to get good.

          • wdnemesis

            Rodgers started in 2005. His stats show it took him 3 years before getting better man. Rodgers is good now. He is an example of an improved QB. I was just saying Teddy can become great. Many QBs improve. Teddy is not that bad either man. Too bad you think Teddy is a bust we will see soon.

          • TuPacalypse

            “Rodgers started in 2005. His stats show it took him 3 years before getting better man.

            Rodgers stats show nothing when he was sitting behind Favre, another first ballot HOF.

            When Teddy went down, the Vikings passing game improved.

            When Rodgers went down, they can’t complete a single pass.

          • wdnemesis

            https://www.acmepackingcompany.com/2016/4/19/11459922/ted-thompson-and-the-packers-did-not-luck-into-aaron-rodgers Here is an article for you to read. You cant even compare Teddy to rodgers because rodgers sat behind Farve for years.

  • Gordon Guffey

    I’m happy for Teddy ~ But I just cant get past the knee injury that was much worse than anything Bradford ever had ~ So yeah I dont trust the knee and after Sam going down once again with next to nothing contact I really dont trust that knee ~ I just happen to believe if he does step on the field it will be in 2018 ~ Could I be wrong sure I could and have been at least once in my life ~ Just ask my ex wife ~ LOL

    That being said if he somehow gets back on the field I hope he plays lights out football just as I do for all Viking plays ~

    I tip my hat to Teddy for a hard fought return and wish him nothing but the best moving forward ~

    I just hope that the Vikings dont rush him back onto the field nor do I believe they will ~ There would just be to much blow back from the some of the media and some of the Teddy Only the fans if he got hurt again so soon after just returning and this after these same people who were pushing for him to start this week ~ As we can see these people were wrong once again ~ And we know these same people want stop talking about when and why Teddy should return as the starter ~ LOL ~ Its almost daily now ~

    That aside Good Luck Teddy ~ Come on back when your ready and bring a storm of hell fire for the rest of the NFL with you ~

    • TuPacalypse

      “But I just cant get past the knee injury”

      I can easily get passed it, his arm has been more of a concern for me since day 1.

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