Bridgewater: 'I definitely believe I'll play this year'

Vikings release emotional footage of Teddy Bridgewater's return to practice and I think I'm going to cry

"He's probably not going to play this week, so we need to put the brakes on things a little".

He and the Vikings are taking baby steps together as his rehab intensifies.

There were doubts Bridgewater would ever play football in the NFL again, let alone start. Bridgewater has been drawing praises from his teammates who say he looks completely normal and unlimited in practices.

One of the biggest goals was to establish more balance, both in terms of run-pass ratios and the ability to complete throws at a variety of distances, and one of the ways they've done so this year has been with the effective use of the screen pass.

"I feel like they like me here, so hopefully I'm going to be here and this is the place I'm going to be, " he said.

No Premier League games on Christmas Eve
Two matches were selected for live broadcast on Boxing Day: Tottenham v Southampton at 1230GMT and Liverpool v Swansea at 1730GMT. Sky, who had rights to the proposed Christmas Eve match, and BT Sport will announce their full holiday slate at 3PM GMT today.

"Being out there, running out of that tunnel yesterday just did something to me, in a good way".

Vikings head coach Mike Zimmer has announced that the fourth-year pro has finally been given the go signal to participate in practice by his surgeon, Dr. Dan Cooper, but he won't come off the physically unable to perform (PUP) list just yet. At Washington in Week 10 is a likely best-case scenario to see Bridgewater on the sidelines in uniform. "I'm very confident. I wouldn't have gone out on that practice field if I wasn't".

No Vikings player wants to be the first to hit Bridgewater, and it's a moment the quarterback said he's anticipating, too. But if the progress from Bridgewater continues at this pace, it'll be hard for the Vikings to hold him back.

"You have to be smart with (contact) because the plan is to get to the race in order to run the race. It can get guys hanging on the back more and not necessarily rushing the quarterback". "There's a lot of externals in this business, and it's your job (in the media) to talk through every possibility in everything that goes on, but that's not my job, so I don't have to answer that question", he added.

Zimmer said people have "to put the brakes" on thinking Bridgewater will play right way. Those guys are pros, we're pros. "Know how to practice".

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