According to Rapoport, rookie QB Teddy Bridgewater will be inactive for tonight’s game after he suffered an ankle sprain last weekend.
The strong clue that Bridgewater was unlikely to play came when the Vikings announced that they had promoted QB Chandler Harnish from the practice squad.
Had Bridgewater been healthy enough to play in tonight’s game, there wouldn’t have been much of a reason to add another quarterback to their active roster.
Rapoport adds that Bridgewater still wants to play, but the Vikings want to make sure that they are limiting the injury risk.
Earlier in the week, HC Mike Zimmer mentioned that he expected Bridgewater to play against the Green Bay Packers, despite suffering an ankle injury on Sunday, per Chris Tomasson.
- Zimmer added that Bridgewater’s MRI came back just fine and he’s doing a lot better on Monday.
Assuming Schefter’s report is accurate, former first-round pick Christian Ponder would be in line to start against the Packers.
This would be a very difficult situation for Ponder given that he is on a short week and traveling to Green Bay to take on a Packers team that is coming off of an impressive win over the Bears in Week 4.
Last year, Ponder appeared in nine games for the Vikings and completed 63.6 percent of his passes for 1648 yards, seven touchdowns and nine interceptions. He added four rushing touchdowns as well.
We’ll have more updates leading up to kickoff tonight.