Teddy Bridgewater: 'Definitely believe I'll play this year'

Teddy Bridgewater: 'Definitely believe I'll play this year'

Teddy Bridgewater says he "definitely" believes he'll play for the Minnesota Vikings this season, after returning to practice for the first time in nearly 14 months.

It has been almost 14 months since the then-starting quarterback dislocated his knee in a non-contact situation during practice, damaging several ligaments in the process.

We have to appreciate his confidence here.

If the Vikings activate Bridgewater, they would need to create room on the 53-man roster.

With how well Bridgewater has reportedly been performing, though, injured reserve doesn't look like an appropriate landing spot.

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. "Just going to look for little things each day to do whatever I can to get back to who I was before and even better".

"This team probably some of the best guys that I've been around when it comes to adversity and these guys never put their head down", Bridgewater said.

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Bridgewater was back on the practice field Thursday afternoon.

Once the Vikings coaching staff feels Bridgewater is up to speed enough with what the team wants to do offensively, then the next step will be taken to get the quarterback back out and running in the race.

No matter how much further he has to go, seeing new footage of Bridgewater playing football is reassuring.

"I hope that my story can motivate someone", Bridgewater said.

Bridgewater said he could have returned to practice "a couple of weeks" ago but he wasn't eligible since players put on the PUP list can't take the field for the first six weeks of the season.

"I'm just waiting, actually", he said. The plan is to get to the race in order to run the race. "There's a lot of externals in this business, and it's your job (in the media) to talk through every possibility in everything that goes on, but that's not my job, so I don't have to answer that question", he added. To be able to get out there and be with the guys, it was pretty fun.

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