Teddy Bridgewater continues impressive rehab at Vikings OTAs (vids)
Teddy Bridgewater reportedly still has a long road ahead of him before rejoining the Minnesota Vikings as a full practice participant. But that doesn’t mean the 24-year-old signal-caller isn’t getting some productive work in during the team’s OTAs this week.
A week after the Vikings posted video of Bridgewater throwing passes during an OTA session last week, footage has hit social media of the quarterback continuing to be a limited participant in drills, as a portion of Wednesday’s session was open to the media.
Bridgewater’s reps included goal-line drills throwing to uncovered receivers and working with a resistance band held by assistant athletic trainer Tom Hunkele, during which Bridgewater showed some lateral movement.
Teddy Bridgewater participated this morning in individual drills with QBs and WRs. Rehabbed rest of the time with a trainer. pic.twitter.com/jYfwSYgAyb
— Sam Ekstrom (@SamEkstrom) May 31, 2017
Teddy Bridgewater getting some rehab and a few throws in at #Vikings OTAs this morning. @kare11 pic.twitter.com/bNZ6qv85UW
— Brandon McCauley (@bpmccauley) May 31, 2017
Teddy Bridgewater at today's OTA. Rehabbed on the side, went through position drills, threw to uncovered WRs in red zone, back to rehab. pic.twitter.com/zUGcZvplC0
— Matt Vensel (@mattvensel) May 31, 2017
The Vikings organization, from general manager Rick Spielman to head coach Mike Zimmer, has been steadfast in refusing to set any timetable on Bridgewater’s recovery from a devastating injury suffered during last year’s training camp. In a non-contact drill, Bridgewater suffered a catastrophic knee dislocation and several torn ligaments, which was believed to be potentially career-threatening.
The Vikings brain trust has nevertheless praised Bridgewater’s commitment to his recovery at every turn. The same can be said for several of the quarterback’s teammates, who are nothing short of amazed over Bridgewater’s tireless effort.
“He’s one of the leaders in our locker room, so having him out here is definitely motivation to everybody,” said Vikings wide receiver Stefon Diggs, via TwinCities.com. “It’s inspiring to see a guy back out here giving it everything he’s got, rehabbing and training real hard. Seeing him out here is definitely an added inspiration.”
“He’s always just had a great mind-set toward his rehab,” added tight end Kyle Rudolph said. “You can tell he’s getting better every day.”
Bridgewater even managed to showcase some sense of humor during drills. Noticing new running back Latavius Murray, currently on the mend following ankle surgery, standing on the sidelines, Bridgewater joked, “He ain’t got no sweat on his body. He ain’t working.”
Bridgewater’s road to complete recovery may have a ways to go, but his effort during the process is nothing short of remarkable.