Open Twitter, read the local paper, or visit Vikings Territory, and you’re sure to see something on Teddy Bridgewater’s shoulder. It’s dominating the headlines, and for good reason; the Minnesota Vikings’ hopes rest on the very shoulder keeping Bridgewater from the field.
The drama started with Zimmer’s sudden decision to keep Bridgewater out of Thursday night’s game. It snowballed at the podium, where Zimmer reiterated his confidence in the young quarterback’s health. And the situation exploded into a full-blown avalanche late Friday, when Ben Goessling reported that Bridgewater missed the game with a sore shoulder.
Now, the Vikings are without Bridgewater, and have been since Saturday. The third-year quarterback hasn’t thrown a pass since practice last week, leaving first-team duties to a pair of reserves. In another surprising move, Zimmer moved Tuesday’s off day to Monday, perpetuating the idea that Bridgewater’s injury is more serious than first reported.
Until Bridgewater begins throwing, the world won’t know what’s wrong with the quarterback. He may be fine, or, he may be suffering something similar to Colin Kaepernick’s “dead arm” in San Francisco. Injury reports aren’t required until the regular season begins, but the NFL’s recent policy update suggests Zimmer’s handling of the situation flies in the face of the league’s new standards.