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Weekend Update: Sorensen In, Bridgewater Doesn’t Throw, Boone Out

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.

Sorensen acts as added depth in a time where Teddy Bridgewater may or may not have a sore shoulder, Taylor Heinicke is expected to miss extended time, and Shaun Hill is looking like Shaun Hill.

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‘s Eric Smith. “You always feel down a little bit to not be out there with your team and competing and winning ballgames.”


Adam Warwas

Adam Warwas (Founder) has been writing about the Vikings for a total of eight years. Five of those years have been here at Vikings Territory where he continues to surround himself with enough talented individuals that people keep coming back. As proud as he is of what Vikings Territory has become, his real treasures are in his home... a beautiful wife and three amazing children (and a dog named Percy).

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4 years ago

& don’t forget Treadwell didn’t catch every pass thrown to him by a (at the very best) practice squad QB who couldn’t throw a rock into Lake Michigan if he was standing in the middle of it.
Yes, I’m still peeved that you Troy Williamsonized him…. GTFOH with that Bust bulls**t.

Reply to  bigdawgdaddy
4 years ago

Lol!! Troy Williamsonized.. That’s a good one big dawg, should be in Webster’s dictionary. Vikings fans will certainly know what the heck the term implies.

Reply to  luvvikings
4 years ago

Also, I am also wondering why they brought in Stave. The guy wasn’t even top 5 QB in the big 10. They might have been better off bringing in Ponder!! (that was sarcasm folks, don’t jump all over me)

Reply to  luvvikings
4 years ago

I thought Stave played very well against the Bengals, although he did seem to wilt under the pressure from the Seahawks. Zimmer has said that they like to have four QB’s in camp.

Ah, Troy Williamson.. I wanted to take Roddy White in that draft instead of Williamson, and DeAndre Hopkins instead of Patterson in the 2013 draft. True, they’re both flankers and we were looking for a split end to replace Randy Moss and a Percy Harvin-type with a dash of split end speed, respectively, but White and Hopkins would have fit very nicely among the fine and great Vikings flankers of the past – Paul Flatley, Ahmad Rashad, Anthony and Cris Carter – and held down that position for two decades. Sigh.

Reply to  cka2nd
4 years ago

Wow, both would have been better calls. Good insight ck. I hated the Troy pick at the time. It was just too obvious that they were all in on trying to replace Moss’ speed. So took a player from a weak program that had a history of dropping balls.. sigh. So many players that they could have taken from either side of the ball but they took a guy that was rated much lower for no other reason than the fastest 40. Would much rather have Hopkins than CP too. Again a reach as they felt they HAD to replace Percy with a player with similar tangibles. I thought Stave looked better than I expected him to be against the Bengals due to very poor reports from camp. He did have the one short pass well behind his target that resulted in an interception, but he surpassed my expectations for the most part. He showed good mobility. Different story against the Hawks. He has two more weeks to improve. I would rather have a reliable back up that can evade pressure than one that cannot. JMO, but Hill has looked better than Stave despite not having Stave’s mobility.

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