Minnesota Vikings fans didn’t know whether they’d see Teddy Bridgewater on the field in a Vikings uniform again after he suffered a gruesome dislocated knee and torn ACL prior to the start of the 2016 season.
However, on Sunday a big lead provided him an opportunity to get into the game against the Cincinnati Bengals and the fans rewarded him with a standing ovation.
Teddy Bridgewater is back on the field for the first time since his devastating injury 🙏 pic.twitter.com/Ls5xk8hSpr
— Athlete Swag (@AthleteSwag) December 17, 2017
Bridgewater entered the game with 10:34 remaining in the fourth quarter with the Vikings leading 34-0. Unfortunately, he may have been a little bit amped up and wound up throwing an interception on his first pass of the game. He finished 0 for 2, with his second pass deflecting off the hands of receiver Michael Floyd.
Case Keenum, who began the season as a backup to Sam Bradford, exited the game after a remarkably efficient 20-for-23 performance with 236 yards passing and a pair of touchdowns.
Keenum has led the Vikings to a 9-3 record as a starter and has completed 67.9 percent of his passes. That’s afforded him some job security, so Bridgewater is likely to be back to the bench after his relief appearance. But as the Vikings look ahead to what they’ll do with Bradford, Keenum and Bridgewater, getting him on the field was a nice bonus in a dominant victory.