Teddy Bridgewater did not play in Thursday’s game because of an injured shoulder, according to ESPN, and he was limited to handoffs during Saturday’s practice. He did not throw a single ball, but head coach Mike Zimmer reiterated that there was no concern and it sounds like he is planning to have Bridgewater play next Sunday against the San Diego Chargers.
“No, there’s no concern,” Zimmer said about his starting quarterback.
“Teddy could have played (Thursday), but I decided not to play him.”
With Bridgewater sitting out against the Seahawks, it was Shaun Hill that got the start. He ended up throwing the ball 17 times over the course of the first half and took some big hits in the process, one of which was a roughing the passer penalty on Seahawks defensive tackle Jarran Reed after Hill threw the ball 32 yards to tight end Kyle Rudolph.
Hill, who is 36 and entering his 15th NFL season, did not participate at all during Saturday’s practice following the game, but Zimmer said there was nothing wrong with him. Hill was simply getting a “vet” day and getting some extra rest after the game.
Since Bridgewater was limited to only handing the ball off and Hill was having an off day, a majority of the first-team snaps were going to third-string quarterback Joel Stave. But that was not his only job during practice, as he was also running the second- and third-string offenses as well.
The Vikings also had Taylor Heinicke and the recently-signed Brad Sorensen out on the field, but Heinicke is still on the non-football injury list with a lacerated ligament in his leg and Sorensen could not do much in team drills since he does not know the offense yet.
It’s not too often that an NFL team has to resort to their third-string quarterback to run a majority of practice, but that was the case for the Vikings on Saturday. However, it shouldn’t be something that lasts long since it sounds like Hill will be returning on Sunday and Bridgewater could go whenever he needs to.
- Hill, Xavier Rhodes, Melvin White, Anthony Harris, Matt Asiata, Alex Boone and Scott Crichton were all held out of practice.
- Zimmer said that Boone was absent because of “some personal things” and it was Joe Berger filling in for him at left guard with the first-team offense.
- Sharrif Floyd was in pads and doing some individual drills, but did not participate in positional or team drills.
- Jarius Wright, Eric Kendricks, Brandon Fusco, Tre Roberson and Brandon Watts also returned to practice, but Watts and Kendricks still appeared to be limited.
- Jayron Kearse continues to show promise, as he had another interception during practice, picking off Joel Stave over the middle of the field on a pass intended for Terrell Sinkfield. However, it’s clear he still needs time to develop as he lined up in the wrong spot, leaving a man wide open, and Zimmer had to stop the play to tell him to move.
- Blair Walsh went 7-for-8 kicking field goals, with his only miss coming from 47 yards out, bouncing off the left upright.
- The Vikings spent a good portion of practice working on situational drills and also worked on a couple gadget plays.