The deadline for the Minnesota Vikings to promote quarterback Teddy Bridgewater to the 53-man roster doesn’t come until 3:00 PM Central time on Wednesday afternoon. However, according to one source, it sounds like the decision has already been made.
According to Jason LaCanfora of CBS Sports, the Vikings. . .to no one’s surprise. . .will activate Bridgewater this week, and he will be on the 53-man roster for the team’s Week 10 matchup with the Washington Redskins in the nation’s capital.
Bridgewater is fourteen months removed from suffering a devastating non-contact knee injury in practice, and hasn’t played in a meaningful football game in nearly two years, going back to the team’s playoff loss to the Seattle Seahawks in January of 2016. However, he’s busted his hump to get back on the field, and it appears that his time has come.
In LaCanfora’s story, he emphasizes that, as of now, there are no plans to go away from Case Keenum as the starter. So, at least as it stands right now, it doesn’t appear we should expect Bridgewater to start a week from today.
LaCanfora also does not mention what move the Viking scould, potentially, make to put Bridgewater on the active roster. With Sam Bradford’s status still shrouded in mystery, the Vikings are going to have a decision to make at the quarterback spot. It seems unlikely that the team would carry four quarterbacks on the 53-man roster (Bridgewater, Bradford, Keenum, and rookie Kyle Sloter), so someone is going to have to move. It could be Sloter being released, or it could be Bradford going to injured reserve. That’s something that Rick Spielman and Mike Zimmer are going to have to decide.
But, in the next few days, the Minnesota Vikings will officially welcome Teddy Bridgewater back to the National Football League, and whatever capacity he’s there in, it’s going to be pretty freaking special.