On Sunday afternoon, the Minnesota Vikings will really open up U.S. Bank Stadium when they take on the San Diego Chargers in exhibition action in the “all-important” third preseason game.
If their starting quarterback has anything to say about it, he’ll be the one leading the offense out onto the turf at the Vikings’ new home for the first time.
After being unexpectedly pulled from the second preseason game against the Seattle Seahawks with a shoulder issue, quarterback Teddy Bridgewater says that he expects to play on Sunday, according to Ben Goessling of ESPN.com.
Minnesota Vikings quarterback Teddy Bridgewater, who threw for the first time on Tuesday after sitting out last Thursday's game against the Seattle Seahawks with a sore shoulder, said he expects to play in the team's third preseason game on Sunday against the San Diego Chargers.
Bridgewater would not discuss how long he expected to play, whether he would throw deep passes in practice or the background of his injury, which ESPN reported on Friday. But he made it clear he's not worried about his health. "I feel good," he said. "I feel very good."
Since Bridgewater doesn’t figure to see any action in next Thursday’s preseason finale against the Los Angeles Rams. . .at least, hopefully not, since gutless cheap shot artist Gregg Williams is still running the Rams’ defense. . .this would likely be Bridgewater’s last opportunity to work on things with his teammates in a game environment before the regular season opener.
If Bridgewater does play, he might actually be joined by the Vikings’ star attraction, running back Adrian Peterson. Peterson has not appeared in a Vikings’ preseason game since 2013, and hasn’t logged a carry in the preseason since 2011, but Mike Zimmer is at least giving the impression that #28 might be lining up in the backfield on Sunday afternoon.
So, if you weren’t already going to watch the Vikings’ game on Sunday, now there are a couple of really good reasons to take everything in.