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Zimmer Offers Update on Bridgewater's Recovery at 1-Year Mark

Posted Aug 29, 2017

EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn. — The Vikings practice Tuesday occurred on the midpoint between the team’s third and fourth preseason games and the eve of the one-year anniversary of quarterback Teddy Bridgewater’s knee dislocation.

Head Coach Mike Zimmer was asked to recap how the team handled the situation and for an update on Bridgewater, who continued to do his rehab work on the practice fields.

“I mean, I think we handled it well as far as the things that we had to do,” Zimmer said. “I still think the trade was the right trade for us. Obviously it was a freak thing that happened with Teddy, but I don’t know, I guess you always handle it the best way you can and try to figure it out, and I think we did a good job.”

The Vikings surveyed all options and traded a first-round pick in 2016 and a fourth-round pick in 2017 to the Eagles to acquire Sam Bradford just eight days before the 2016 season began.

After former QB Shaun Hill helped the Vikings defeat the Titans on the road in Week 1, Bradford played the final 15 games, helping Minnesota open the year 5-0. Although Bradford went on to set a team record for completions (395) and the new NFL mark for completion percentage in a season (71.6), injuries along the offensive line mounted.

Bradford posted eight games with a passer rating of 100 or higher and compiled a career-best passer rating of 99.3 (fourth-best by a Vikings QB in a season) and all-time best of 3,877 yards in a season.

In addition to Bradford, the Vikings signed Case Keenum this offseason, brought back 2015 undrafted free agent Taylor Heinicke and recently added undrafted rookie Mitch Leidner.

Zimmer said Bridgewater has “progressed a lot.”

I don’t watch him every single day because he’s over there off to the side while we’re practicing,” Zimmer said. “But the reports I get are all positive. And he knows where he’s at and where he’s got to get to. I think he’s progressing well.”

Zimmer acknowledged he was aware of the approaching anniversary and added that Bridgewater is “all in, trying to get ready to play.”

Asked what Bridgewater needs to show before returning to practice, Zimmer said, “He’s got to be able to protect himself on the field and be able to do the movements that are required by his position.

“When he’s there, he’ll practice,” Zimmer added.