Teddy Bridgewater cleared to practice for first time in 14 months

Oct 15 2017 Minneapolis MN USA Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers holds his knee after getting injured in the first quarter during their football game against the Minnesota Vikings at U.S. Bank Stadium

Bridgewater dislocated his left knee and tore his ACL during an August 2016 training-camp practice and the injury required a multi-ligament reconstruction.

With Bridgewater out, the Vikings traded their 2017 first-round draft pick and another pick for Sam Bradford, who is now having his own knee issues and missed three straight weeks. Quarterbacks don't get hit in practice, so no one will really know how Bridgewater's knee will respond to contact until he takes a hit in a game and gets back up without issue.

Rather than doing that work in another place - like his native South Florida, for example - Bridgewater chose to remain in Minnesota for the bulk of his rehab.

NFL Network reported that the Vikings will activate Bridgewater this week or next week. The Vikings would have to release a player to make room for him on the roster. Bradford posted a league-best 71.6 completion percentage and passed for 3,877 yards, 20 scores and five interceptions in 15 games last season. He started at Chicago in Week 5 but re-aggravated the knee injury and was replaced by Case Keenum against the Bears.

Zimmer, who has said he anticipates Bridgewater will play at some point this season, is scheduled to talk to the media on Monday afternoon. He owns a 2-2 record as a starter this season.

Keenum said after the Vikings' 23-10 win over Green Bay on Sunday he wasn't getting caught up in the drama about Bradford and Bridgewater. "So I don't have to answer that question (on Bradford and Bridgewater)".

Minnesota hosts the Baltimore Ravens this Sunday before traveling to London to play the Cleveland Browns in Week 8.

"I'm playing quarterback and I love to play quarterback", Keenum said.

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