It looks like Minnesota Vikings quarterback Teddy Bridgewater will return to the field in the 2017 season (video below).
Bridgewater, who suffered a devastating knee injury in 2016, is eyeing a possible Week 10 return when the Vikings play the Washington Redskins on Nov. 12, according to a report from Ian Rapoport of the NFL Network.
The 24-year-old Bridgewater was a first-round pick for the Vikings in 2014. The quarterback played two seasons for the Minnesota team and threw 28 touchdowns before suffering an injury during a preseason practice in August 2016.
"The injury was quickly identified as a dislocated knee," Vikings athletic trainer Eric Sugarman stated at the time, according to CBS Sports. "The injury was stabilized ... Teddy suffered a complete tear to his ACL and other structural damage. Fortunately, there appears to be no nerve or arterial damage."
Sugarman added: "Although the recovery time will be significant, we expect Teddy to make a full recovery."
On Oct. 16, Bridgewater took to social media to hint that he might be taken off of the NFL's Physically Unable to Perform list after undergoing a physical examination, according to 247Sports. By Oct. 18, he was back to practicing with the team, but his status on PUP has yet to be announced.
On Oct. 19, Bridgewater stated that he was confident that he would play for the Vikings during the current season.
"I definitely believe I'll play this year, but I can't just sit here and say it," Bridgewater said during a press conference in Minnesota, the Courier-Journal reports. "I have to continue to put the work in one the practice field and show the training staff or the higher authority that eventually I can get back to the player who I was."
The quarterback added: "The plan is to get to the race in order to run the race ... I'm going out there whenever my time comes with a clear state of mind that whatever happens is part of God's plan."
Vikings offensive coordinator Pat Shurmur disclosed that Bridgewater was being phased back onto the field with "baby steps, a little bit at a time."
Vikings wide receiver Stefon Diggs said it was emotional for the team to have Bridgewater return to practice.
"I was just hurt that he got hurt," Diggs told ESPN. "He was just coming off the Pro Bowl year and he had high hopes. He had big dreams to do something more and have a better year."