Rick Spielman: Vikings will decide on Teddy Bridgewater next week
Minnesota Vikings general manager Rick Spielman indicated the team will not determine whether Teddy Bridgewater will be added to the active roster until the NFL’s mandated deadline.
League rules allot a team a set amount of time to activate a player from the PUP list and the deadline for Bridegwater will arrive on Nov. 8. Bridgewater has been practicing with the team since Oct. 18.
The Vikings (6-2) are on their bye week following last Sunday’s win over the Cleveland Browns in London. The Vikings will reconvene next Monday for practice ahead of a Week 10 showdown with the Washington Redskins.
“All [the quarterback] decisions will be made coming up next week,” Spielman said, via the Star Tribune. “It will be a decision we make after speaking with [Bridgewater’s] doctor, our medical staff, myself and coach [Mike Zimmer], and then we’ll go from there.”
Case Keenum has performed admirably in Sam Bradford’s stead, playing all but six quarters as Bradford continues to be hobbled by a mysterious knee issue. The Vikings conceivably could have four healthy quarterbacks coming out of the bye: Keenum, Bradford, Bridgewater and rookie Kyle Sloter.
The reports related to Bradford’s status have not been encouraging, with the Vikings only expressing hope that he can return and play sometime this season.
Keenum arguably is playing about as well as can be expected. Bridgewater, if fully healthy, arguably has more upside. That said, Spielman insists the Vikings won’t be reckless with Bridgewater.
“What’s most important is what’s best for Teddy Bridgewater for the long haul,” Spielman said. “To say that our organization would put any player out there who’s not ready to play football, we would never do that. And that’s not fair to the player, that’s not fair to our organization. We will play guys, regardless of who it is, when they’re ready to step out on the field.”
It will be interesting to see how the Vikings navigate their current quarterback conundrum. But as Vikings head coach Mike Zimmer stated recently, it’s a good problem to have.