The Minnesota Vikings got some good news on Monday, when the doctor who performed surgery on quarterback Teddy Bridgewater cleared him to begin practice.
Bridgewater, who was considered the franchise quarterback after being drafted in 2014, suffered a gruesome knee injury during the preseason last year, and has been unable to play ever since.
At one point many feared it would be a career ending injury, but Bridgewater remained optimistic that he would return to the league.
Dr. Dan Cooper, the orthopedic specialist who performed the surgery on Bridgewater, examined Bridgewater on Monday and cleared him to resume practice.
In his absence, the Vikings traded for former number one pick Sam Bradford, who has done a pretty good job in his place when he has been healthy. The team also signed former Los Angeles Rams quarterback Case Keenum during the offseason, giving them some depth at the position.
With Bradford leading the way, the Vikings barely missed the playoffs last season. This year, Bradford led the Vikings to a season opening win against the New Orleans Saints, but was injured in the game. In Bradford’s absence, Keenum has done a great job leading the offense and the Vikings find themselves 4-2 with a share of the NFC North lead.
With Bridgewater cleared to practice, it will be interesting to see how the Vikings make adjustments, will they leave Keenum and Bradford in there or will they hand the keys to the offense to Bridgewater, who hasn’t played a game in over two season?
The Vikings still haven’t decided if they will take Bridgewater off the PUP list. If they do, they will have three weeks to decide if they want to promote him to the active roster or if they want to put him on injured reserve.