Well, it’s Monday, and that means that it must be time for the Minnesota Vikings’ quarterback situation to get a little more convoluted. Actually, that can be an any day thing, but we’ll go with the Monday thing for now.
Pro Football Talk is reporting that a “source with knowledge of the situation” has told him that quarterback Teddy Bridgewater will be ready to go when he’s eligible to come off of the Physically Unable to Perform list. Bridgewater is eligible to come off of the list in three weeks, following the Vikings’ Week 6 game against the Green Bay Packers at U.S. Bank Stadium.
It’s important to keep in mind that Bridgewater coming off of the PUP list does not mean he’s going to be ready to go right away, necessarily. Per league rules, once Bridgewater’s six weeks on the PUP list are up, the team has three weeks to decide whether or not to allow him to practice with the team. After that, if they allow him to start practicing, they have three weeks from the date he begins practicing to put him on the 53-man roster. If Bridgewater isn’t ready to their satisfaction, he would then go back onto injured reserve. In the worst-case (at least for Bridgewater) scenario, the Vikings could drag this out until about Week 12.
This adds yet another layer to the Vikings’ quarterback situation. Sam Bradford, having been assured that there’s no structural damage in his knee, is still a day-to-day/week-to-week injury concern. Case Keenum is coming off of the best game of his NFL career in Sunday’s victory over Tampa Bay. In addition, the Vikings shelled out plenty of money to get Kyle Sloter onto their practice squad, and then had to promote him to the active roster in the wake of Bradford’s injury. It’s highly unlikely that the Vikings would keep four quarterbacks, so something is going to have to give somewhere.
But, that decision is why Mike Zimmer and Rick Spielman are where they are and I’m not. I’m happy I don’t have to make the decision, though.