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Veteran Shaun Hill Starts in Place for Teddy Bridgewater in Seattle

Mike Zimmer has been known to surprise opposing quarterbacks.

A decision he made regarding his own quarterback surprised several folks on Thursday in Seattle.

Zimmer started 15-season veteran Shaun Hill instead of third-year pro and undisputed starter Teddy Bridgewater in the second preseason game of both teams.

Zimmer told Greg Coleman during a simulcast on FOX 9 and KFAN 100.3-FM that it was his decision to start Hill, who finished 10-of-17 passing for 129 yards.

Hill led the Vikings on an eight-play, 77-yard touchdown drive capped with a 2-yard run by Jerick McKinnon, who started in place of Adrian Peterson.

Hill connected with Kyle Rudolph for a gain of 32 down the seam that was supplemented by a 15-yard roughing the passer penalty on Seattle's Jarran Reed. Hill also lofted a beauty to Rudy down the sideline for 22 on the previous possession. Hill also completed a 2-point conversion pass to McKinnon.

Bridgewater told Ben Leber during the simulcast that, "It's nothing at all to be concerned about."

"Like Coach Zimmer said, it was his decision, and it's good to be out here supporting the guys right now," Bridgewater said. "Shaun has been doing a good job of just coming in and getting a ton of playing time. I asked him how he felt, and he said it feels good to be back out there.

"It feels great to see him put together a scoring drive and even the backups," Bridgewater added. "It's two weeks in a row that Joel [Stave] has been able to put together a drive. He put together a two-minute drive to get some points before the half, so it's great to see the guys come out, work on some different situations and play fast."

Stave replaced Hill late in the first half and led the Vikings 69 yards in 69 seconds for a drive that ended with a 27-yard field goal by Blair Walsh and an 11-0 lead at halftime.

Bridgewater was 6-of-7 passing for 92 yards, including a 49-yard touchdown pass at Cincinnati last week.

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