Vikings are expected to activate quarterback Teddy Bridgewater as soon as he comes off of Physically Unable to Perform (PUP) list after week six, Jason La Canfora of CBS Sports is reporting.
Bridgewater missed all of 2016 following a gruesome knee injury in practice before the season began. As a result, Minnesota sent a first-round pick to the Philadelphia Eagles to acquire Sam Bradford, who has served as starting quarterback ever since. But now, Bradford has himself now missed three straight weeks and is in danger of missing a fourth while Case Keenum has been hit-or-miss as his replacement. It may be a stretch but the prospect of Bridgewater return as the starter is intriguing.
Here is how the PUP list works: Teams are allowed to activate their players week seven at the earliest and week 11 at the latest. Once activated off the list, the team then have three weeks to evaluate the player’s readiness. If they determine he is ready to go during that window, he is brought up to the active roster. If not, he returns to PUP for the rest of the season.
La Canfora’s source says that Bridgewater is responding well to rehab and has not suffered any setbacks as he attempts to return in 2017. He will likely need several weeks of full participation in practice to shake off a year and a half’s worth of rust. But given how mysterious the Vikings have been about Bradford’s injury, and given Bradford’s history of injuries, Bridgewater could be called to take the reigns sooner than anticipated.
Once again, the Vikings walk into their match-up significantly healthier than their opponent. Bradford is the only Viking starter listed on the report and he is questionable. Running back Jerick McKinnon was limited in practice Saturday but he has no injury designation so expect him to play.
The Bears are also relatively healthy, though they will likely be without three of their starting linebackers. Danny Trevathan is not injured but is suspended Monday for his hit on the Packers’ Davante Adams in week four. Nick Kwiatkowski and Willie Young are both listed as doubtful but it has already been reported Young is out for the year with a triceps injury. Cornerback Marcus Cooper is questionable with a back injury and did not participate all week in practice.
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