Teddy Bridgewater Avoids Serous Injury, Hopeful To Play Thursday

by Michael Drahota | Posted on Monday, September 29th, 2014 | 0

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Considered a bargain as a late first round pick in May’s draft, Minnesota Vikings rookie quarterback Teddy Bridgewater played like a veteran in his inaugural NFL start against the Atlanta Falcons yesterday (Sun., September 28, 2014).

Bridgewater completed 19 of 30 passes for 317 yards and rushed for another 27 yards and a touchdown. But more important than stats was his leadership, as he marched the Vikings down the field repeatedly with a crushing running game and accurate passing. Minnesota beat perennial playoff contender Atlanta, signifying the beginning of the Bridgewater Era.

Yet it looked like that unveiling would have to wait as Bridgewater was carted off in the fourth quarter after hurting his ankle in a pileup near the goal line. Vikings fans let out a collective sigh of relief when Bridgewater soon emerged from the locker room in uniform to join his teammates on the sidelines.

Vikings head coach Mike Zimmer expressed optimism that Bridgewater would be back soon, and today that news has been confirmed. Chris Tomasson reported that the quarterback is reportedly feeling much better after his ankle came up negative on an MRI:

The Vikings will make a very quick turnaround to face division rival Green Bay on Thursday Night Football, something that could obviously affect Bridgewater’s ability to play and/or effectiveness. Zimmer is hopeful that he can play and signs may be pointing towards just that.

With original starter Matt Cassel out for the year with multiple broken bones in his foot, the team’s success will hinge on Bridgewater heavily. It’s a heavy burden to bear for a rookie, but from the initial look of things, he’s ready to shoulder that burden. The Week 5 match-up versus Green Bay will be a telling one in terms of showing Bridgewater’s overall readiness to become a star.

He appears to have made a rather seamless transition to the pro game, but injuries can stop any player’s momentum. Green Bay’s defense looked solid against the Chicago Bears in Week 4, but Jay Cutler gave them a couple easy interceptions in the second half.

Bridgewater is known as a running quarterback, but he’s probably better with his arm when it’s all said and done. That may begin even more true with the injury. With his passing on point against Atlanta, the Vikings must now figure out how to get talented wide receiver Cordarrelle Patterson into the gameplan more often.

Running backs Matt Asiata and Jerick McKinnon were efficient in replacing suspended star back Adrian Peterson, and veteran wide receiver Greg Jennings appears to be a favorite target of Bridgewater.

Despite losing their starting quarterback, running back, and tight end, the Vikings offense looks surprisingly solid with Bridgewater at the helm. Will that continue in Week 5 against the resurgent Green Bay Packers?

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