After taking a blow to the helmet that appeared to knock Teddy Bridgewater unconscious against the St. Louis Rams, the Minnesota Vikings quarterback is expected to be able to play on Sunday against the Oakland Raiders.
Bridgewater took a shot to the helmet as he was sliding early in the fourth quarter of Sunday’s game, with the back of his helmet then slamming against the turf at TCF Bank Stadium. After lying motionless for a few seconds, Bridgewater eventually walked slowly to the sideline after being checked by medical personnel and was eventually taken to the locker room for concussion testing.
He was talking to teammates after the game in the locker room and Monday provided another positive assessment.
“He passed his first test so he should be good to go, I think,” Vikings coach Mike Zimmer said.
“He hasn’t passed all of his tests yet, but he’s passed one.”
The NFL’s concussion protocol calls for several cognitive and exercise tests to be passed before a player is allowed to practice again.
Zimmer said he hadn’t talked with Bridgewater personally on Monday because players were given the day off.
“They probably don’t want to talk me either,” Zimmer quipped.
The hit that knocked Bridgewater out of the game was just one of the questionable hits by the Rams that didn’t sit well with Zimmer.
Bridgewater was also hit in the knee by defensive end Williams Hayes after releasing the ball, but because the quarterback was out of the pocket, the officials explained to Zimmer, no penalty was called. That doesn’t mean that the hit wasn’t late, but Zimmer chose his words carefully on Monday after expressing his frustration with them after the game on Sunday.
“I didn’t like it,” Zimmer said Monday, adding later: “There was more than one hit that I was upset about. That might have been another one.”
Zimmer said he would keep his conversations with the NFL about those hits “between me and the league,” but admitted that the league calls him back quickly “if I have a concern.”
In addition to Bridgewater, the Vikings had several other injuries before and during Sunday’s game. Linebacker Eric Kendricks didn’t play because of a rib injury and his status remains up in the air for next Sunday’s game in Oakland.
“I don’t know yet,” Zimmer said about Kendricks. “Obviously he was in for treatment today. I think he’s feeling better so we’ll just see as the week goes.”
Cornerback Terence Newman passed his first concussion test, too, after he was inadvertently kicked in the head by a hurdling Todd Gurley.
Anthony Barr suffered an arm injury that was X-rayed. While Zimmer wouldn’t reveal the results of the X-ray, Zimmer said Barr “should be fine.”