Teddy Bridgewater Reportedly May Return from Leg Injury After Week 9 Bye

Timothy Rapp@@TRappaRTFeatured ColumnistOctober 29, 2017

Minnesota Vikings quarterback Teddy Bridgewater takes part in an NFL training session at the London Irish rugby team training ground in the Sunbury-onThames suburb of south west London, Friday, Oct. 27, 2017. The Minnesota Vikings are preparing for an NFL regular season game against the Cleveland Browns in London on Sunday. (AP Photo/Matt Dunham)
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Minnesota Vikings quarterback Teddy Bridgewater is expected to be ready to return to the field following the team's Week 9 bye, per Ian Rapoport of NFL.com, and activated off the PUP list.

Ian Rapoport @RapSheet

From @NFLGameDay: While #Vikings QB Sam Bradford is still in pain, QB Teddy Bridgewater is expected to be healthy after the bye: https://t.co/8i8tHyIhrM

That would give Bridgewater the opportunity to fight for the starting job with Case Keenum. Rapoport added that there isn't a timeline for Sam Bradford's return to action as he reportedly continues to deal with knee pain.

Bridgewater, 24, has been sidelined since Aug. 2016 after dislocating his left knee and tearing his ACL during practice. The injury was so severe Bridgewater could have potentially lost his leg had the training staff not responded so swiftly. 

Bradford stepped into the starting role last year after being traded to the Vikings from the Philadelphia Eagles. He had played well to start the 2017 season, throwing for 382 yards, three touchdowns and completing an impressive 74.4 percent of his passes in two games.

While Bradford has been sidelined with knee issues, however, Case Keenum has led the team to a 4-2 record in his six appearances (5-2 overall).

Bridgewater's return will surely create something of a quarterback controversy in Minnesota, especially if Bradford returns from injury as well. As Rapoport noted, however, the team sees Bridgewater as its franchise quarterback, making it likely he'll ascend to the starting role at some point once he's cleared for game action.

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