Vikings quarterback Teddy Bridgewater is still going through an intense rehabilitation program to strengthen his left knee, but it's unclear if he will be ready for the upcoming season.
Coach Mike Zimmer said, via the St. Paul Pioneer Press, there is no set timetable for Bridgewater's return, but "when he's ready, he's ready."
“I saw Teddy in the training room a week or so ago," Zimmer said. "He’s in a great spirits, working hard, doing everything. There’s no timetable. I keep getting these questions, but when he’s ready, he’s ready.”
According to ESPN.com, Bridgewater travels to Minnesota once a month to meet with trainers and stays for a week. He is reported to be running now and is focusing on strengthening his knee.
Bridgewater completely tore his left ACL and suffered other structural damage in a preseason practice last August and needed surgery. Despite the severity of the injury, Zimmer doesn't want Bridgewater to leave the team.
“I want Teddy,” Zimmer said. “I don’t want him going somewhere else.”
As for what would happen to veteran quarterback Sam Bradford, who the Vikings traded for after Bridgewater's injury, Zimmer said the team will cross that bridge when it gets there.
“There really is no other (quarterback) plan until Teddy gets healthy,” Zimmer said. “It’s when he gets healthy, we’ll worry about it. We don’t know when it’s going to be. If he comes in tomorrow and is 100 percent, which he won’t, but if he did, then we’d have to adjust things.”