Packers Are Preparing As Though Teddy Bridgewater Will Play


Teddy Bridgewater left Sunday’s game with an ankle injury, and though subsequent tests have indicated that the injury is not serious, there is still some question whether Bridgewater will be ready to play Thursday night against the Packers.

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Just don’t tell the Packers that.

Green Bay isn’t buying the talk about Teddy possibly not playing, and say they are preparing themselves to face the rookie. Mike McCarthy (via

"“I would think he’s going to play,” McCarthy said. “… My family taped the game for me, so when I got home last night I watched the TV copy. I thought he played well, and watched the game on the coaches’ copy this morning and was told he feels pretty good. The tests were negative. We’ll plan for Bridgewater.”"

The Vikings took it a little easy with Teddy early this week, allowing him to sit out Monday’s practice, but it’s not believed that this will affect his status for Thursday.

Given the short week and the fact that Teddy is banged up, you could argue that the wise course of action would be to sit Bridgewater and let Christian Ponder go into Lambeau Field and face the Packers.

Not that Teddy can’t get himself ready for the game, of course. Just taking the long-term view here. Maybe – just maybe – the smart move would be not to throw a gimpy Bridgewater into the fire against the Packers.

Then again, with the fanbase on such a high after Bridgewater’s starting debut, the Vikings would probably rather just ride this thing and let Teddy go.

The fans have been down lately with all the negativity swirling around the team. The last thing the Vikings want is fans checking out and refusing to spend their dollars on tickets and gear.

Teddymania definitely helps sell the team, and the team’s merchandise, and everything else. So long-term plans be damned. Let’s get Teddy out there.

Helps people forget about Adrian Peterson, at least.