Doctor's appointment keeps Teddy Bridgewater from open OTA

Hazel Gray
May 25, 2017

The video released of Teddy Bridgewater throwing passes created excitement about his recovery, but the Minnesota Vikings were pulling back on the excitement Wednesday. Wednesday's session will have media in attendance, however, and Bridgewater's status will likely be a popular topic of conversation although head coach Mike Zimmer, who is recovering from eye surgery, won't be there.

It is also worth noting that Vikings general manager Rick Spielman initially stated earlier in the day on Wednesday that Bridgewater would be meeting with doctors at some point today. He said he has not been cleared for practice, and there is no timetable when he will be.

Bridgewater took part in the workout Tuesday with the team, less than nine months after suffering the devastating injury to his left knee that wiped out his third National Football League season and jeopardized his career. The most logical scenario has always been that he opens the season on the reserve/physically unable to perform list, allowing the team to re-evaluate his progress in October. "I want to make that perfectly clear, but he is working extremely hard on his rehab and we will continue to monitor his progress as he goes".

Still, this is encouraging, and we hope he can eventually get back on the field at full strength.

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Prior to missing the entire 2016-2017 campaign, Bridgewater served as the Vikings' starter under center for each of his first two go-rounds atop the highest level.

"You nearly have to hold Teddy back from doing too much because he's so diligent in what he's trying to get accomplished", Spielman said.

"All I know is right now we're all focused and Teddy is focused on rehabbing and getting ready as quickly as he can", Spielman said. "We'll just take it a day at a time", Spielman said.

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