According to Ian Rapoport of NFL Media, Vikings QB Teddy Bridgewater will have a key checkup and physical on Monday regarding his surgically repaired knee that required multi-ligament reconstruction after a dislocation in August 2016.
Bridgewater is eligible to practice this week, which will open a three-week window of time for the Vikings to officially activate him from the PUP list.
Sources tell Rapoport that Bridgewater is ready to go and hasn’t had any setbacks up to this point.
The Vikings plan to wait until after the physical results are in before deciding what to do with him, but a decision could come next week.
Rapoport mentions that there’s a belief Bridgewater will play for the Vikings this season.
As for Bridgewater’s contract, sources have told Rapoport that it’s unlikely it will toll if the Vikings activate Bridgewater in the coming weeks, which means he’ll be an unrestricted free agent in 2018.
Bridgewater, 24, is a former first-round pick of the Vikings back in 2014. He’s currently in the final year of his four-year, $6,849,502 rookie contract and stands to make a base salary of $1,354,023 for the 2017 season.
The Vikings declined to pick up Bridgewater’s fifth-year option that would have cost them $12,198,000 million for the 2018 season, but was guaranteed only for injury and wouldn’t have prevented them from working on a long-term extension over the next year.
In 2015, Bridgewater appeared in all 16 games for the Vikings and threw for 3,231 yards while completing 65.3 percent of his passes to go along with 14 touchdowns and nine interceptions.
We’ll have more regarding Bridgewater as the news is available.