Teammates impressed with Teddy Bridgewater in first day back

Teammates impressed with Teddy Bridgewater in first day back

"I have to continue to put the work in on the field, on the practice field and show the training staff or higher authority I eventually can get back to the player I was".

"I've been thinking about that moment every day", Bridgewater said, "because I use it as motivation".

The quarterback is expected to remain on the team's Physically Unable to Perform list for about two weeks as part of the window the team is allowed to determine if he will be activated or moved to injured reserve.

Bridgewater practiced Wednesday for the first time in over a year.

"I definitely believe I'll play this year", Bridgewater said.

Bridgewater last had practiced August 30, 2016, when he went down without contact in the final preseason workout, tearing his left ACL and dislocating his knee. He then stopped and again said he wouldn't comment. "I can't just sit here and say it".

"I've been working the doghouse, in the backyard (side field) by myself, so to be able to get out there with the guys was fun, I'm feeling pretty good", he said with a smile on his face.

"I know I haven't played in a football game yet, but just being back on the practice field when I thought all hope was gone, I hope that my story can motivate someone".

Asked about his confidence level playing on the rehabbed knee, the fourth-year passer told scribes: "I'm very confident". The Vikings traded a first-round pick to the Philadelphia Eagles for Sam Bradford after Bridgewater's injury, but Bradford has battled fitness problems of his own this season.

"When you have an offensive line that can run, give it space and create explosive plays like that, it's just about getting the ball in the right guy's hands", Keenum said. It has been 14 long months since we have seen Bridgewater in action, but he plans to suit up this season, according to Ben Goessling of the Star Tribune.



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