Thursday, August 25, 2016

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Mike Zimmer

Tuesday featured a lot of good news on the Minnesota Vikings injury front, including the return of quarterback Teddy Bridgewater, but head coach Mike Zimmer’s media dealings continue to dominate conversations this week.

Yesterday, a post-practice pow wow with the press generated some more buzz, with 1500 ESPN staple Judd Zulgad attempting to do the opposite of a Ben Leber sideline interview. Zulgad, who has been vocal about Zimmer’s antics in recent days, pressed Zimmer fairly hard for an explanation as to why he won’t reveal whether or not Adrian Peterson will play against San Diego on Sunday.

The press conference started with some pleasantries regarding Sid Hartman and Rhett Ellison, but things got a little tense a few minutes later.

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Vikings practice
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A sloppy Sunday practice and Monday off day are all but forgotten after a newsworthy Minnesota Vikings practice this afternoon. Speculation ruled the airwaves, with fans and the media anxiously anticipating Teddy Bridgewater’s return to the field. Bridgewater wasn’t the only player to resume practices, though, as the Vikings welcomed a few needed names to the huddle on Tuesday.

Joining Bridgewater were Shaun Hill, Eric Kendricks, Sharrif Floyd, Matt Asiata, and Matt Kalil, as well as a tight end fighting to make his way onto the final 53-man roster. Rhett Ellison, who missed all of training camp while rehabbing a torn patellar tendon, was activated off the PUP list and returned to practice for the first time this offseason.

Xavier Rhodes, who left last week’s game with a hamstring injury, missed his third straight practice. Anthony Harris and Scott Crichton accompanied him on the sidelines with undisclosed injuries.

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Based on some of the recent reactions to quarterback Teddy Bridgewater missing a preseason game last Thursday against the Seattle Seahawks due to shoulder soreness, some would have thought he broke his face and was going to miss the entire 2016 regular season.

But he did not, and he is still on track to open the season as the Vikings’ starter for their Week 1 matchup against the Tennessee Titans. As long as Minnesota does not let him try and clean his own cleats with a pair of scissors, he should be good to go for the team’s first game.

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Nature of Vikings Injuries
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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.

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Minnesota Vikings Teddy Bridgewater Injury

Teddy Bridgewater has a mysterious and sudden shoulder injury. Matt Kalil bowed out of practice Sunday. Brandon Fusco has a neck. Who the heck knows about Mike Harris. Sharrif Floyd and Eric Kendricks are perpetually banged up. Jarius Wright has a calf. Tre Roberson has a broken hand. Xavier Rhodes has a hamsting. WHAT IS HAPPENING?! WHY CAN WE NOT HAVE NICE THINGS?

Austin Belisle (@austincbelisle) of Vikings Territory joins me again to talk Teddy, preseason, and Vikings as we mercifully rumble towards the regular season.

All that and other “Ice Up Son” chatter on this edition of the Purple FTW! Podcast!

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