Teddy Bridgewater hasn’t completely passed all stages of the NFL’s concussion protocol, but Minnesota Vikings coach Mike Zimmer sounded encouraged that his starting quarterback would be in the lineup on Sunday against the Oakland Raiders.
“He practiced all good today,” Zimmer said.
On Wednesday, Bridgewater was limited in practice. On Thursday, he was a full particpant.
Bridgewater suffered a concussion when St. Louis Rams cornerback Lamarcus Joyner hit Bridgewater with an elbow to the helmet as the quarterback was sliding after gaining a first down. Bridgewater appeared to be knocked unconscious and was knocked out of the game. Joyner was fined $23,152 for the hit to a defenseless player, according to ESPN.
Zimmer was equally encouraging on linebackers Eric Kendricks (ribs) and Anthony Barr (hand), despite neither of them practicing on Thursday. Barr had his left hand in a cast on Thursday as he watched the start of practice and Kendricks was relegated to running on the side without his helmet (he had his helmet on Wednesday but didn’t practice then either).
“They should be good. We’re just being careful with them,” Zimmer said.
The Vikings also signed eight-year veteran linebacker Jason Trusnik on Tuesday, who has been working primarily at middle linebacker in his first few days with the team.
“A lot of the same system he had in Miami. The defensive coordinator there was an assistant of mine so he knows a lot of the stuff,” Zimmer said of Trusnik. “Some of the terminology is different, but he said he feels good about it.”
CB Terence Newman (concussion) was a full participant after being limited on Wednesday. CB @Marcus Sherels (shoulder) remained limited, as were DT Sharrif Floyd (knee/ankle), DT Linval Joseph and DE Justin Trattou (foot). WR Cordarrelle Patterson (shoulder) was added to the injury report and limited on Thursday.
The Vikings will be facing the eighth-ranked offense with the Oakland Raiders on Sunday.
|Anthony Barr||55||LB||Hand||Did Not Part.||Did Not Part.|
|Eric Kendricks||54||LB||Ribs||Did Not Part.||Did Not Part.|
|Marcus Sherels||35||CB||Shoulder||Limited Part.||Limited Part.|
|Teddy Bridgewater||5||QB||Concussion||Limited Part.||Full Part.|
|Terrance Newman||23||CB||Concussion||Limited Part.||Full Part.|
|Sharrif Floyd||73||DT||Knee/Ankle||Limited Part.||Limited Part.|
|Linval Joseph||98||DT||Foot||Limited Part.||Limited Part.|
|Justin Trattou||94||DE||Foot||Limited Part.||Limited Part.|
|Brian Robison||96||DE||Ankle||Full Part.||Full Part.|
|Cordarrelle Patterson||84||WR||Shoulder||--------------||Limited Part.|
|Neiron Bell||58||LB||Knee||Did Not Part.||Did Not Part.|
|Amari Cooper||89||WR||Quadricep||Did Not Part.||Full Part.|
|Rodney Hudson||61||C||Ankle||Did Not Part.||Did Not Part.|
|Latavius Murray||28||RB||Concussion||Did Not Part.||Limited Part.|
|Charles Woodson||24||S||Shoulder||Did Not Part.||Full Part.|
|TJ Carrie||38||CB||Hip||Full Part.||Full Part.|
|Clive Walford||88||TE||Quadricep||Full Part.||Full Part.|