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Bridgewater Has a Long Road Back Still; But Tuesday Was a Step in the Right Direction

It’s been a long and hard road for young Vikings quarterback Teddy Bridgewater, and while there has been no indication on if he really will be ready for 2017, the latest of him taking the field is really a great sign in the right direction for the quarterback.

When Bridgewater went down last season with one the ugliest injuries in NFL history, a career-threatening knee injury, it was thought by many that it would be a long shot just to see him take a snap under center again.

You would have better luck winning at than Bridgewater being able to take a snap, drop back, and throw the ball like he use to in the past with the Vikings.

So maybe it was in a number of ways a minor miracle on Tuesday when Bridgewater joined his teammates on the field at Winter Park on for the start of organized team activities and tossed passes as the next part of his rehab process.

The Vikings quarterback did not technically practice with his teammates other than throwing in at least one passing drill, but it was the first time that he was on the field for an organized practice since injuring his left knee on that very same practice field last August.

When it happened, the sight of even seeing Bridgewater in a Vikings uniform throwing passes was something that brought tears of joy to many Vikings fans eyes.

The reports of what Bridgewater was doing on Tuesday (the practice was closed to the media) stated that he dropped back to throw at least three passes.

The Vikings put out video featuring a few slow-motion highlights set to dramatic music of their young quarterback making it on the field and throwing a pass.

On one of those plays, he pivoted to his right before throwing, presumably to one of his receivers, though video was inconclusive.

In addition to his purple Vikings helmet, a standard red noncontact practice jersey and his signature cutoff hooded sweatshirt under that, Bridgewater sported a bulky black brace on his left knee that appeared to stretch halfway down his lower left leg.

You would have to think as Bridgewater continues to make strides long term on coming back that they are going to do whatever they can do to make sure they protect that leg, as there’s no way that the leg is 100 percent as of yet.

Chip Scoggins of the Star Tribune reported on the video that the Vikings sent out, stating that while it’s great to get excited in seeing the quarterback on the field, you have to be careful in getting to not get your hopes up about him suddenly in September being the guy under center for Minnesota.

The Vikings have avoided placing a timetable on Bridgewater’s return. His injury was too extensive to fit normal protocol. Knowing that General Manager Rick Spielman never has been one to share sensitive team matters, the video felt oddly uncharacteristic, almost as if the team was trying to send a message.

Doesn’t take much to stir up NFL conspiracy theories.

Spielman clarified the video’s intent the following day, saying Bridgewater remains “very limited.” But those brief images served to remind that Bridgewater is hellbent on defying odds and that the organization’s future at quarterback remains fluid when viewed beyond the immediacy of the moment.

The report about Spielman stating that the young Vikings thrower is exactly right, he’s not close to ready, he is (as the report said) ‘very limited,’ but based on last season and the ugly sight of him being taken off the field after getting hurt, Vikings fans will gladly take it.

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