Vikings' Bridgewater cleared to return, per reports

Vikings QB Sam Bradford dealing with reported career-threatening issue

He was set to meet with Dallas-based physician Dr. Dan Cooper on Monday, and the expectation was that he would be able to return to the practice field in some capacity in the next week or so.

Bridgewater was cleared by the doctor who performed the surgery past year, a source with direct knowledge of the exam that the quarterback underwent Monday in Dallas told ESPN's Chris Mortensen.

When Teddy Bridgewater injured his left knee on August 30, 2016 many feared that his career was over. In the days following his injury, Bridgewater's future looked bleak. "He's worked extremely hard - obviously not only him, the training staff, the doctors, [strength and conditioning coach] Mark Uyeyama, all those guys have done a great job with him, trying to rehab him and get him ready to practice". It's believed, though, that Bridgewater is on track to play this season, barring any setbacks.

Bridgewater's next step is to see how his knee responds to practice and rigorous activity. The Vikings will activate Bridgewater this week or next week and expect him to play this season, NFL Network's Ian Rapoport reported.

But whatever questions remain, there's undeniable good news for Bridgewater today. "He could be somewhere else, but he'd rather sit here and grind it out with us".

Bridgewater on Monday morning visited the surgeon in Dallas, Dan Cooper, who performed his ACL procedure on September 9, 2016, Bridgewater tweeted "Thank you", presumably meaning he had been cleared to practice.


Furthermore, given the history of drama with Vikings quarterbacks, injury-related or otherwise, Bridgewater's return to health will not come without a hitch. He could practice as soon as Wednesday.

"I don't think anything of (the Bradford and Bridgewater situations)", Keenum told the Pioneer Press after Sunday's 23-10 win.

"I don't make anything of it", Keenum said. It's a great spot.

The quarterback's rehabilitation, though, went well.

"I'm playing quarterback and I love to play quarterback", Keenum said.

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