The Minnesota Vikings practice on Saturday featured a number of notes of interest that included the signing of a quarterback, the return of Teddy Bridgewater after his much-discussed absence on Thursday, and their big free agent signing Alex Boone missing some time.
The Vikings announced via press release that they waived running back Kevin Monangai and replaced him with third-year quarterback Brad Sorensen.
The full release:
Sorensen joins the Vikings, his third NFL team, after spending time with the San Diego Chargers and the Tennessee Titans. The Grand Terrace, Calif. native became the first ever NFL draft pick from Southern Utah when the Chargers selected him in the seventh round (#221 overall) of the 2013 NFL Draft. Sorensen has not appeared in an NFL regular season game.
According to Chris Tomasson of the Pioneer Press, Bridgewater did not throw during Saturday’s practice, and head coach Mike Zimmer still refused to confirm any sort of health concerns existed with the young quarterback.
Zimmer said he has “no concern” about Bridgewater’s health, but still didn’t offer an explanation for Thursday’s decision to not play him other than a slight variation on what he’s already said a dozen times.
Teddy could have played, but I decided not to play him.
Hill also didn’t do any throwing on Saturday, due to a “vet day,” so it is easy to see why the Vikings were able to part ways with a no-chance running back in exchange for another quarterback to take snaps during practices.
“We usually have four in camp,” Zimmer said on Saturday. “Because of what happened to Heinicke, we were short, so we’ve been keeping an eye on things.”
Alex Boone also missed practice for what has been deemed a “personal situation,” a phrase that always makes me hold my breath, but hopefully all is well with Boone and he will be back at it soon enough.
Xavier Rhodes, who exited Thursday’s game with a hamstring injury, also sat out of practice on Saturday.
The news wasn’t all bad, however. Guard Brandon Fusco, linebacker Eric KEndricks, defensive tackle Sharrif Floyd, and wide out Jarius Wright all returned to practice.
“I felt great and I’m happy to be back,” Fusco told Vikings.com‘s Eric Smith. “You always feel down a little bit to not be out there with your team and competing and winning ballgames.”