The Minnesota Vikings took the field Thursday night without starting quarterback Teddy Bridgewater in the lineup. It was a surprise move considering Bridgewater practiced with the starting offense during the week, warmed up prior to the game and wasn’t listed among the pregame inactives.
Yet, when the starters took the field in the first quarter, it was Shaun Hill at quarterback against the Seattle Seahawks in an 18-11 Minnesota win in the second preseason game.
Vikings coach Mike Zimmer said it was a “coaches decision” and “my decision” when asked about sitting Bridgewater at halftime of the television broadcast, and Bridgewater said it wasn’t health-related.
“Nothing to be concerned about at all health-wise,” Bridgewater said. “Like Coach Zimmer said, it was his decision.”
After the game, Zimmer shot down any speculation that his decision was disciplinary in nature.
“You think there’s some disciplinary action with Teddy Bridgewater?” Zimmer said when questioned about it on KFAN following the game. “He’s like the nicest kid in the history of life. No, there was no disciplinary action. No. My decision. Do I have the right to do that?”
Hill went 10-for-17 for 129 yards and left late in the second quarter, giving way to third-string QB Joel Stave, who finished the game.
“It was Coach Zimmer’s decision and you don’t argue with Coach Zimmer,” Bridgewater said, clearly trying to avoid saying much more on the matter.
Later, Bridgewater added: “Nothing disciplinary. You don’t have to worry about that with me.”