Bridgewater has been dealing with an injury, reported to be a sore shoulder by ESPN, that kept him out of Thursday’s second preseason game, but he left little doubt that he will play in the third preseason contest.
“Of course,” he said. “I feel good. I feel very good.”
Bridgewater said he hasn’t dealt with shoulder injuries in the past, but he deflected one question after another about his injury and how it is affecting him, if at all, and how the conversation went with head coach Mike Zimmer when Bridgewater said Thursday he wanted to play but Zimmer held him out.
But the third-year quarterback believes he has gotten enough practice time in this preseason to be ready for the regular season if he ends up playing in just two preseason games (the opener and third preseason game).
“Honestly, when you factor in all the meetings, all the practices and then we had a joint practice with Cincinnati and then the preseason games, I’ve been able to get some good things done,” Bridgewater said. “Every time I go out there, whether it’s in the meeting room, the practice field or in the game, I take something away from it and that’s another opportunity to get better.”
Sunday’s game against the Chargers is the first in the Vikings’ new U.S. Bank Stadium after the Vikings played two season at the University of Minnesota’s TCF Bank Stadium the last two years while the new stadium was being built on the site of the old Metrodome.
“I don’t have to worry about a wind factor and I think it’s a set temperature every time you play indoors so it’s going to be great,” Bridgewater said. “Then also just having the fans there and you get to enclose and cage all the noise. The fans are passionate about football here. We want to give them something to root for.”