Vikings GM Rick Spielman calls Teddy Bridgewater's rehab 'very encouraging'

In the video, Bridgewater, wearing a brace on his left knee, is shown up close in slow motion throwing three passes and doing some other drop backs. But general manager Rick Spielman said progress he has made in his recovery from a horrific knee injury has been "very encouraging".

Between the video and Spielman's comments it was an 18-hour span that created excitement among the fan base that could be brought back to the reality that there is still no timeline for Bridgewater to be fully recovered from what Spielman termed a devastating knee injury last August 30, when the quarterback dislocated his left knee and tore multiple ligaments, including the anterior cruciate ligament. Their first organized on-field offseason workout was closed to the media.

"He is not cleared for practice, so I want to make that perfectly clear", Spielman said. According to a Wednesday afternoon report from Ian Rapoport of, Bridgewater had a "positive" visit with his doctor in Dallas while the hobbled signal caller has received the go-ahead to progress in his rehabilitation in addition to beginning side-to-side movement.

"Part of the rehab process that you had seen (Tuesday on the video) was that he is able to start dropping back and throwing the ball", Spielman said.

Spielman declined to answer any questions about specifics, including whether Bridgewater was ahead, behind or on schedule or if there's hope of having Bridgewater take part in training camp. As it goes day to day, can he do a little bit more?

"We're very excited about this past surgery, and hopefully this will resolve his issue", Spielman said. What's clear, at least, is his unrelentingly positive attitude. If he is ready to play at some point, offensive coordinator Pat Shurmur said he will be caught up with the rest of the team on the new offense.

  • Julie Sanders