Teddy Bridgewater 'confident' in knee after first practice back

Teddy Bridgewater 'confident' in knee after first practice back

"Everybody is excited about Teddy being back, but he's got a ways to go".

"I used it as motivation", he said.

Bridgewater remains on the physically unable to perform last, and the Vikings have three weeks to put him on the active roster.

While Bridgewater was back, wide receivers Michael Floyd (hamstring) and Stefon Diggs (groin), left guard Nick Easton (calf) and linebacker Anthony Barr (concussion/ankle) were all held out of practice Wednesday.

"Moving forward I just want to be the best player I can be", he said. He said he is focusing first on practice. "Case [Keenum] is the guy right now, he's been playing well, .But I thought [Bridgewater] looked great".


The 24-year-old signal-caller went out of his way to credit teammates for sticking by him during a grueling 14-month rehab that happened far away from the bright lights of the NFL.

Bridgewater was asked about taking his first hit, and said he doesn't anticipate it being a big deal. He was cleared to rejoin the team Wednesday on the field where he dislocated his left knee and tore multiple ligaments in a non-contact drill less than two weeks before the 2016 season began. He doesn't deny there was talk from doctors then that he might never play again.

"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 feel like they like me here, so hopefully I'm going to be here and this is the place I'm going to be, " he said.

On Thursday, the Vikings' quarterback spoke with some members of the local Minnesota media about his return to the practice field. "We'll see. I know if he's around but we'll see what he's going to do. There's a lot going around you, so you have to remain calm, and that's something I take pride in".

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