It's been a long time since Teddy Bridgewater has been able to suit up and take the field with his Minnesota Vikings teammates. After suffering a horrific leg injury during training camp last August, undergoing surgery and missing all of the 2016 NFL season, Bridgewater still had a grueling rehab process in front of him.
During the first day of 2017 OTAs, though, Bridgewater finally was able to throw the football. Although he was wearing a red practice jersey and not an official game kit, it was a huge step forward in Bridgewater's journey back to being a starting quarterback.
The Vikings team Twitter account tweeted out a video of Bridgewater dropping back and throwing on Tuesday afternoon. Those are the only two activities he's been medically cleared to do in practice. He's not yet cleared to participate in full-on practice, and there's still a lot of uncertainty around when Bridgewater might be ready to take that next step.
Bridgewater is entering the final year of his rookie contract with the Vikings, and the team has declined to pick up his player option for a fifth year for fear that he still won't be healthy. Bridgewater's future in the NFL is still uncertain, but for now, it's nice to seem him back on the football field.
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