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Mike Zimmer says he tickled Teddy Bridgewater in training room

The Minnesota Vikings continue to publicly praise Teddy Bridgewater for the dedication and commitment to rehab he’s demonstrated in the many months since suffering a catastrophic knee injury last summer.

Vikings head coach Mike Zimmer doubled-down on quotes he made earlier this week Wednesday at the NFC coaches breakfast during the NFL annual meeting. The usually stoic, no-nonsense coach even admitted to goofing around a bit when he recently saw Bridgewater.

How? By tickling the Bridgewater’s foot.

“I walked in the training room the other day,” Zimmer recalled, via the Star Tribune. “He had his leg up and I tickled his foot. He’s in a good place [mentally].”

Come again?

“He’s sitting there with his sock up there and I walk in and I just went, ‘Teddy!’ ” Zimmer said. “It was good to see him. I was excited to see him.”

On a much, much more serious note, Zimmer discussed the plan going forward as it relates to a potential quarterback controversy once Bridgewater returns to full health.

“I want Teddy. I don’t want him going somewhere else.”

Sam Bradford obviously is penciled in as the team’s starting quarterback for 2017. But even so, with both quarterbacks entering the last year of their contracts, what is the Vikings’ plan going forward?

“There really is no other plan [for the future at quarterback] until Teddy gets healthy,” Zimmer said. “When he gets healthy, we’ll worry about it. We don’t know when it’s going to be. If he comes in tomorrow and is 100 percent, which he won’t, but if he did, then we’d have to adjust things. But right now we don’t know when he’s going to be ready.”

It goes without saying Zimmer has a soft spot for Bridgewater. The coach always has been a big supporter of the quarterback. One needn’t look any further than how an emotional Zimmer spoke such touching words in the immediate aftermath of Bridgewater’s potentially career-altering injury.

But treating Bridgewater like some kind of Tickle-Me-Teddy? That’s crazy.