LANDOVER, Md. — He did not perform a snap, but you could inform by the media crowded close to his locker right after Sunday’s sport at FedExField that it was a really specific day for Minnesota Vikings quarterback Teddy Bridgewater.
Bridgewater, who has not performed because suffering a horrific still left knee harm before the start out of the 2016 season, was activated Wednesday and served as Case Keenum‘s backup in Minnesota’s 38-30 get more than the Washington Redskins.
“It truly is terrific,” Vikings head coach Mike Zimmer reported of Bridgewater’s return. “Teddy has labored exceptionally really hard to get again to this place and it was very good to see him out there. This is yet another step in the process for him.”
The cameras caught Bridgewater on the sideline wiping absent tears of joy just before the sport started off.
“Just working out of that locker home, remaining in a position to stand following to those people guys on the sideline for the nationwide anthem, it just all boiled up,” Bridgewater reported. “I sort of screamed a little little bit on the sideline right after I reported my prayer in the close zone. Then when I got on the sideline, I was like, ‘Man, this is truly about to materialize.'”
With Bridgewater looking at, Keenum handed for 304 yards, four touchdowns and two interceptions in the get.
“He’s a fan favourite. He’s my favourite far too,” Keenum reported. “I may possibly have a Teddy Bridgewater jersey at home. He’s a terrific dude and teammate. I told someone on the discipline that Teddy unquestionably raises the neat element of the quarterback team enormously.
“He’s yet another set of eyes on the protection and remaining in a position to speak about sure points, no matter if it really is protections, routes or coverages (is valuable).”
Bridgewater suffered a non-speak to harm to his still left leg during exercise in August of 2016. He came absent with a torn ACL and suffered other structural harm, which include a dislocation of the knee joint.
Now, with Sam Bradford (knee harm) despatched to injured reserve right after possessing arthroscopic surgical procedures on Tuesday, Zimmer has Keenum, Bridgewater and a two-sport guide in the NFC North.
Keenum has concluded 109 of 162 passes (sixty seven per cent) for 1,159 yards with 8 touchdowns and five interceptions during Minnesota’s five-sport successful streak. He was great most of Sunday, but his two second-half interceptions served Washington get again in the sport.
“I’ve got a plan and we are going to just see how it goes,” Zimmer reported when asked about Bridgewater right after the sport. “Occasionally designs adjust, but we are going to see how it goes. We will sit down this week and we are going to take a look at about it and we’re likely to go from there.”