The Vikings have until Wednesday to activate Teddy Bridgewater from the physically-unable-to-perform list. On Monday, two days before the team’s deadline, all indications remain that the quarterback is preparing to make his return.
Multiple league sources said Bridgewater will likely be added to the Vikings’ active roster on Wednesday, as long as his surgically-repaired left knee gives doctors no last-minute cause for concern. Bridgewater has continued to impress those around him since he was cleared to return to practice on Oct. 16; barring a setback, he’d make his return to the team’s 53-man roster two days before he turns 25 on Nov. 10.
At that point, the Vikings would have some decisions to make with their quarterback situation. Case Keenum is 4-2 in his six starts this season, and could keep the starting job this Sunday against the Washington Redskins, as the Vikings return from their bye week on a four-game win streak.
Sam Bradford hasn’t practiced since his return from his own knee issues lasted less than one half on Oct. 8 in Chicago. As the Vikings consider a move to clear space for Bridgewater on their 53-man roster, they would have to decide whether they wanted to keep four QBs, or make a move to get down to three. Coach Mike Zimmer said last week that Bradford is “getting better,” but still didn’t have a timetable of when the quarterback could return.
“I thought this was going to be a one-week injury. I never thought that it would linger on this long,” Zimmer said of Bradford last week. “But, he is getting better. We’ll just go from there. So, when I told you guys that I thought he was close, I thought he was. It just hasn’t worked that way.”