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Rick Spielman on Teddy Bridgewater: ‘Take it a day at a time’

The Minnesota Vikings this week provided a surprisingly encouraging update on the status of Teddy Bridgewater’s recovery from a devastating knee injury suffered in training camp last year. But Vikings general manager Rick Spielman pumped the brakes a bit on Bridgewater’s impressive progress, saying the team will “take it a day at a time” going forward.

In a video posted on Tuesday to the team’s official Twitter account, Bridgewater is shown participating — albeit in a limited manner — in the Vikings’ OTA session Tuesday.

Spielman on Wednesday said it was “very encouraging” to see Bridgewater on the practice field taking part in a passing drill. But the Vikings general manager was quick to point out that the quarterback technically isn’t practicing with the team.

“Part of the rehab process you saw yesterday was that he is able to drop back and throw the ball,” Spielman said, via the Star Tribune. “He is not cleared for practice, so I want to make that perfectly clear. But he’s working extremely hard in his rehab and we’ll continue to monitor his progress.”

The footage the Vikings posted is the only available documentation of Bridgewater from Tuesday as the OTA session was closed to the media. Bridgewater will not be present at Wednesday’s session due to an appointment with a doctor.

The Vikings have been reticent to put any kind of timetable on Bridgewater’s recovery, instead stressing the quarterback needs to focus on the short-term, dedicate himself to rehab and not worry about the ultimate endgame. But the organization has rallied behind the 24-year-old signal-caller at every opportunity, sometimes even in humorous terms.

Bridgewater obviously has a long way to go before he’s even close to being a full practice participant, let alone be ready to play. In fact, there’s a good chance Bridgewater may not even play in 2017, if the Vikings’ decision to decline his fifth-year option is any indication.

Still, considering the catastrophic nature of Bridgewater’s injury, just to see him on the field with his teammates is a welcome sight.