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Vikings teammates rave about Teddy Bridgewater, believe he’s ready

The Minnesota Vikings have until Wednesday to decide whether to add Teddy Bridgewater to the active roster or designate him to the physically-unable-to-perform (PUP) list for the balance of the season. The decision appears to be a mere formality, as multiple sources have confirmed Bridgewater will indeed be added to the Vikings’ 53-man roster.

Bridgewater’s anticipated return obviously is an encouraging an inspiring development given that there was some worry that he may have play again after his traumatic knee injury before the 2016 season. But that does not mean the Vikings have any intentions of starting him anytime soon. Case Keenum has performed admirably in Sam Bradford’s stead, leading the team to a 6-2 record (4-2 as starter) while playing all but six quarters this season. In other words, if it isn’t broke, don’t fix it.

While that may be the case — and arguably the wisest course of action — Vikings teammates to a man have raved about how well Bridgewater has looked since returning to practice on Oct. 16.

“That’s a guy who has been through so much adversity, overcame a lot just to get to this point,” Vikings running back Jerick McKinnon said, via the Star Tribune. “Everybody is glad to have him back, seeing him back out there, doing things effortlessly and just being Teddy. Everyone’s happy to have him back.”

Bridgewater devoted a considerable amount of time during his lengthy rehab process to bulking up and altering his passing mechanics to put less pressure on his surgically repaired left knee when throwing. It appears the changes have had a positive impact on the strength of Bridgewater’s passes.

“I think he looks a little stronger,” linebacker Anthony Barr said. “The ball, I think, is traveling faster, a little further. That’s always a good thing, I guess, for quarterbacks. Other than that I think he’s doing great. So hopefully he’ll continue to improve.”

The prevailing theory is that Bridgewater will certainly not start Sunday against the Washington Redskins. After that, it’s difficult to predict exactly what the Vikings will do with their quarterback conundrum.