By Joseph Gunther
Teddy Bridgewater gave the Minnesota Vikings a glimmer of hope that he can be the quarterback of the future. Four days later, he may not be able to play.READ MORE: 'I Just Want To Meet The Guy': Mountain Biker's Life Saved By Off-Duty Doctor On Minnesota Trail
Bridgewater injured his ankle against the Atlanta Falcons on Sunday on a third-down run play that was stopped on the one-yard line. Running back Matt Asiata ran the ball into the end zone on the next play on a handoff from Bridgewater. Bridgewater then threw the two-point conversion pass to Rhett Ellison to give the Vikings a seven-point lead.
“I’m much further ahead than I was Sunday,” Bridgewater said.
Despite not having Bridgewater in practice all week Vikings head coach Mike Zimmer left no definitive status update for the team’s Thursday game against the Green Bay Packers at Lambeau Field.
“Teddy’s doing much better,” he said. “If he can play, he’ll play.”
Bridgewater exited the game after passing for 317 yards on 19-of-30 passes and ran for 27 yards and a touchdown on five carries.
On Wednesday, Bridgewater talked as though he is going to play against the Packers.
“It’ll be very exciting to be out there on Thursday,” he said. “You talk about Lambeau Field, the history and the tradition behind that stadium. It’s going to be a great feeling just being able to play in that facility with all of the history that’s behind it.”
However, the weather may play a factor into whether he plays or not. Rain is in the forecast (80 percent chance) for Green Bay Thursday evening with a temperature in the low 60s. A wet and sloppy field will hinder his ability to plant his left leg to make a strong and accurate pass. If Bridgewater does not play, his replacement would be former first round draft pick Christian Ponder. The one-time starter has played only a handful of plays this season, all after Bridgewater was injured against the Falcons and all run plays.READ MORE: Both Directions Of I-694 Reopen Following Police Incident In North Metro
“I’ve felt like I’ve paid attention in practice the whole time taking a lot of mental reps,” Ponder said. “So I feel like I’m pretty confident in what I’m doing.”
The last time the Vikings played a night game at Lambeau Field was a 2013 wild card playoff game. Ponder was set to start the game after playing his best game as a professional the previous week, but an arm injury forced him to miss the game.
The Packers listed wide receiver Jarrett Boykin (groin) as out. They also list linebacker Sam Barrington (hamstring) and defensive lineman Josh Boyd (knee) as doubtful. Linebackers Clay Matthews (groin) and Brad Jones (quadricep) and defensive lineman Mike Neal (hip) are listed as probable.
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The Vikings list tight end Kyle Rudolph (abdomen/groin) and linebacker Chad Greenway (hand/rib) as out in Thursday’s game.
The team lists Bridgewater (ankle) as questionable for Thursday’s game.
They list cornerbacks Captain Munnerlyn (illness) and Josh Robinson (hamstring), linebackers Michael Mauti (foot) and Brandon Watts (knee), running back Jerick McKinnon (ankle) and fullback Jerome Felton (knee) as probable.
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Joseph Gunther is an avid fan of Minnesota sports, including football, hockey and baseball. He covered a wide variety of sports while attending Hastings College in Hastings, Neb. While at Hastings College, he was a part of the first collegiate media group to broadcast a national tournament via television, radio, internet and newspaper at the 2004 NAIA Division II Women’s Basketball Tournament. He grew up in the Twin Cities playing three years of varsity football in high school. Joseph is a freelance writer covering all things NFL. His work can be found on Examiner.com.