The Vikings needed a roster spot with Teddy Bridgewater going on the 53-man roster and with QB Sam Bradford out several weeks, at least after last night’s knee procedure, they can make an easy swap today. Bradford headed to Injured Reserve.
Bradford's year is over after he underwent another procedure to clean up his ailing knee. Case Keenum is expected to get another start in Week 10 while Bridgewater works his way back.
Keenum has played well, leading Minnesota to first place in their division so far this season, so the Vikings don't want to mess with that chemistry. However, it sounds like Bridgewater has shown enough that the team would feel safe putting Bradford on IR because of his knee issues.
Rapoport's tweet went on to say don’t be surprised if Bridgewater backs up Keenum, who has certainly done nothing wrong to lose his job at this point. Meanwhile, there isn't really a timetable for Bradford's to return to the QB picture.
Bridgewater’s return from the physically unable to prepare list opened a three-week window to practice with the team before a decision must be made about activating Bridgewater or shutting him down for the season. That window closes next week and Bridgewater’s work in practice has not suggested he needs to be shut down.
Coach Mike Zimmer said on Tuesday that the team is “prepared” to activate Bridgewater next week, but didn’t press too far when asked about when Bridgewater would be a consideration as the starter.
“No, I haven’t decided that yet,” Zimmer said. “We’ll continue to take it one day at a time. Just see where he is at, where the team is at, how Case [Keenum] is doing. The whole deal. Sam [Bradford], how is he doing.”
Keenum has played pretty well so far this season and the Vikings are on top of the division heading into a bye week. The story made it seem that Bradford won't be playing any time soon, which certainly opens the door for Bridgewater. Reports this week said the team still considers Bridgewater their franchise QB, but it remains to be seen who gets the start in Week 10.
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Lost in the fact that Vikings quarterback Teddy Bridgewater has been cleared to practice but not play is the reality that, for the kind of injury Bridgewater sustained (and in light of the position he plays), clearance to practice is clearance to play.
Which means that he’s good to go, right now, if the Vikings want him to play.
But the Vikings don’t want him to play, right now. As one source explained it, the Vikings and Bridgewater definitely don’t want him to play next week in London, given the notoriously slippery surfaces of the soccer pitches that periodically transmogrify into gridirons.
The Vikings then have a bye in Week 9, which means the earliest we'd see Bridgewater would be Week 10. But that's certainly not a lock as the team is winning with Keenum under center. The story said Bridgewater will be on the roster for Week 10, however.
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The Ravens pose a tough matchup for WRs, according to our aFPA metric, ranking as the sixth-toughest matchup of the week. With Diggs officially out, that makes Adam Thielen the team's No. 1 WR. We currently have Thielen ranked as our No. 13 WR in PPR leagues and our No. 17 WR in standard leagues. The Ravens are allowing the third-fewest standard fantasy points to WRs (13.7 per game) and no WR has crossed the century mark in receiving yards against them. You might not have better options than Thielen, but keep your expectations low this week.
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This updates a story we had earlier today. This is a little more definitive in terms of the team activating him and expecting him to play this season. The Vikes will have three weeks after he practices to make a decision, which Week 10 after the Week 9 bye seems to add up right now. Like the previous story said, no one will have an idea how Bridgewater will respond to a hit until a game situation, but it's looking like the Vikes are thinking he's going to play at some point this year.
Dr. Dan Cooper, who performed Teddy Bridgewater’s knee surgery on Sept. 8, 2016, will evaluate the quarterback on Monday. If Cooper clears Bridgewater, and the Vikings sign off on it, the quarterback could return to the practice field as soon as Wednesday.
The Vikings’ plan all along has been to get Bridgewater practicing soon after Week 6, and signs point to the quarterback being ready to go. He’s been doing extensive rehab work in recent weeks, and has looked impressive in brief glimpses of his throwing sessions, flashing overhauled mechanics that have the quarterback driving off a flexed back leg and putting less stress on his surgically-repaired front leg.
If Bridgewater returns this week, the Vikings have three weeks to make a decision about whether to put him on their active roster. The story suggested Bridgewater could be back after the team's Week 9 bye. With the injury to Aaron Rogers opening up doors to a lot of NFC teams, this certainly can't be ruled out. As the story said, there are still questions on if the QB can cut at full speed, protect himself and recover from a hit.
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