Teddy Bridgewater is excited to play with Adrian Peterson. But the Minnesota Vikings teammates will have to wait to be on the field together in a game situation.
Peterson isn’t expected to play in the preseason opener Sunday night against the San Francisco 49ers and likely won’t get a carry the entire preseason, according to both head coach Mike Zimmer and Peterson himself.
Bridgewater didn’t have a chance to play with Peterson last year. Peterson played in only the regular-season opener before dealing with his legal issues for the final 15 games. Bridgewater didn’t play until he was an injury replacement in the second game and proving his ability as a starter. This year, however, Bridgewater will have the opportunity to experience Peterson’s effect on defenses once the regular season starts.
“It’s going to be very different. He’s going to be running like a caged animal whose been caged for too long,” Bridgewater said. “Right now, we just have to focus on preseason and get better in the preseason. Adrian hasn’t played in a preseason game for how long. We’re going to go out there with the guys that we have and we’re going to expect those guys to carry the load.”
Peterson hasn’t taken a preseason carry for the Vikings since 2011.
Zimmer hasn’t specified which Vikings starters will play and for how long Sunday against the Pittsburgh Steelers, saying it depended on his mood, but he is planning to take the players on a trip through the Hall of Fame.
“It will be some of the guys’ first time experiencing the Hall of Fame atmosphere and I know it won’t be the last time for some of the guys,” Bridgewater said, referring to Peterson.