Speaking to Twin Cities reporters Thursday for just the second time since his gruesome injury almost 14 months ago, Bridgewater exuded the same ear-to-ear grin he had through his 17-12 record as the Vikings starter before dislocating his left knee and tearing multiple ligaments during a routine August practice drill previous year. The Vikings traded a first-round pick to the Philadelphia Eagles for Sam Bradford after Bridgewater's injury, but Bradford has battled fitness problems of his own this season.
Is Bridgewater back? nearly. But it was great to be back out there and see the reaction from the guys, reaction from the fans. "Eventually when I get out there against an opponent they're going to be after me", he reflected. "So I like what I've been seeing from the offense and I hope that we can continue to keep going forward". "I use that to tell myself, hey, 'I'm one step closer.' Being out there, running out of that tunnel yesterday just did something to me, in a good way". To be able to get out there and be with the guys, it was pretty fun.
As far as what Bridgewater envisions for himself with the Vikings this season, the quarterback was not shy about his desire to get back out on the playing field.
"I definitely believe I'll play this year", Bridgewater declared, saying: "It's going to take some grit". Bridgewater has been drawing praises from his teammates who say he looks completely normal and unlimited in practices. Bridgewater will give the Vikings more depth at the quarterback position when he makes his return. It is beginning to seem less and less likely, but there is still a chance that the quarterback may not even return to the field at all for the Vikings this year. We take an overview of the Ravens roster and season to this point and assess how the Vikings stack up against this AFC North foe.