Teddy Bridgewater Inactive Against Green Bay Tonight

by Michael Drahota | Posted on Thursday, October 2nd, 2014 | 0

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Minnesota Vikings rookie quarterback Teddy Bridgewater made a splash in his first NFL start last Sunday (September 28, 2014), throwing for 317 yards and leading the Vikings to a home win over the heavily favored Atlanta Falcons.

Unfortunately the victory didn’t come without its price, however, as Bridgewater sprained his ankle in a fourth quarter pileup near the goal line. Bridgewater was carted off but soon returned in uniform to watch the remaining minutes of the game.

Early indications were positive for Bridgewater, as an MRI revealed no structural damage to his ankle. Vikings coach Mike Zimmer said Bridgewater was “fine” and hopeful to play in tonight’s (October 2, 2014) Thursday Night Football showdown with the Green Bay Packers.

In the end, it was the short week that ultimately got to Bridgewater, as NFL Insider Ian Rapoport just reported that the star rookie will be held out of tonight’s game, with backup Christian Ponder starting in his place:

It’s uncertain whether or not Bridgewater would have played were the game on Sunday, but three extra days to heal a sprained ankle would have been invaluable. The outlook was obviously dampened by the fact that he failed to practice all week.

The news is yet another heavy blow for the Vikings, who just can’t seem to catch a break. They’ve already lost star running back Adrian Peterson to indefinite suspension, starting quarterback Matt Cassel to a broken foot, and tight end Kyle Rudolph to sports hernia surgery.

Thankfully Bridgewater’s ailment looks like it’s going to be less severe, but it’s still going to keep him out of a very pivotal division game this evening. Ponder has looked nothing better than erratic in his failed stints as Vikings quarterback, unable to mount much offense through the air due to inaccuracy.

That will be music to the ears of the Green Bay defense, which largely shut down Chicago’s high-powered offense last weekend. Bears quarterback Jay Cutler made some dire mistakes in that game, but it’s’ safe to say that he’s several steps above Ponder, who came into the season as the Vikings’ third option.

Still, they’re probably very glad to have him at this point. You may want to rush out and pick up the Green Bay Packers defense for your fantasy team just in case.

Keep your eyes on TSM Plug for Vikings vs. Packers highlights directly after the game tonight.

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