Teddy Bridgewater 'confident' in knee after first practice back

Teddy Bridgewater practiced with the team Wednesday for the first time since August 2016

No team in the National Football League has more uncertainty at the quarterback position than the Vikings, who are starting Case Keenum now but could go back to either Sam Bradford or Teddy Bridgewater when their respective knee injuries are fully healed.

Bridgewater's practice reps serve two purposes: first, to show if he's physically ready to return to action and secondly, to acquaint himself with Shurmur's offense.

Bridgewater suffered a torn left ACL and dislocated knee on August 30, 2016.

Zimmer added an important piece of context to Bridgewater's 2017 prospects, a season after an ambulance arrived to Winter Park when he tore multiple ligaments, including his anterior cruciate ligament, and dislocated his left knee during a routine practice drill. Wednesday marked the first day he was eligible.

The Vikings traded a first-round pick to the Philadelphia Eagles for Sam Bradford after Bridgewater's injury, but Bradford has battled fitness problems of his own this season. The NFC North franchise is now under the leadership of Case Keenum, who has been filling in for an injured Sam Bradford...who was filling in for an injured Teddy Bridgewater. He completed 24 of 38 passes for 239 yards in last Sunday's game against the Green Bay Packers, and also recorded a touchdown.

"I thought he looked like Joe Montana", said the Vikings tight end of Bridgewater, per Chris Tomasson of the St. Paul Pioneer Press. I wouldn't have went out on the practice field if I wasn't. "But I think everybody feels good for him because they know what kind of kid he is and how hard he's worked". He's probably not going to play this week. "So if we're not being smart, and I'm not doing whatever it takes to get to the race, I'll never be able to run the race".

"I've been thinking about that moment every day", Bridgewater said, "because I use it as motivation".

"I'm not looking that far down the road", he said.

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