Teddy Bridgewater is back throwing a football, as he has posted a few times on his social media accounts over the last few months.
The difference this time around is that he is in a team practice setting while doing it, as the Minnesota Vikings started organized team activities on Tuesday and posted a slow-motion video of Bridgewater dropping back and throwing several passes that leaves a lot to the imagination. Even if he was not working during the full-team portion of practice, it is an encouraging sign that he is able to drop back and throw to his receivers.
Tuesday’s OTA session was closed to the media, but Wednesday’s session is open, which should give greater context to exactly how much Bridgewater is able to do at this point. Coaches continually say players coming back from injuries must be able to protect themselves and that’s one of the steps left to be seen from the Bridgewater.
On Aug. 30 last year, Bridgewater suffered a dislocated knee and several torn ligaments, including the anterior cruciate ligament, in a non-contact injury during a preseason practice. He has been vigorously rehabbing the knee since his surgery.
Whatever the extent of Bridgewater’s participation in practices right now, any participation at this point has to be considered an encouraging sign.