WATCH: Teddy Bridgewater make his emotional return for the Vikings

MINNEAPOLIS, MN - DECEMBER 17: Teddy Bridgewater
MINNEAPOLIS, MN - DECEMBER 17: Teddy Bridgewater /

The Minnesota Vikings quarterback made his long-awaited return to the field on Sunday during the team’s easy win over the Cincinnati Bengals.

It has been quite the journey for Teddy Bridgewater in the last year and a half. From questions surrounding his NFL career being over after a brutal knee injury in 2016 to the quarterback being added to the active roster this season, it has already been a roller coaster ride of emotions for many who root for him and the Minnesota Vikings.

Another box was checked off by Bridgewater in his recovery on Sunday during Minnesota’s big blowout-win over the Cincinnati Bengals.

Following a Case Keenum touchdown pass in the fourth quarter that gave the Vikings a 34-0 lead over the Bengals, Minnesota gave their starter the rest of the afternoon off and inserted Bridgewater into his first regular season game for the first time since January 3, 2016.

It may be a bit of an understatement, but there were a few Vikings fans that were happy to see the quarterback take the field on Sunday at U.S. Bank Stadium.

Minnesota did not score on any of their offensive drives with Bridgewater under center, but that was not the purpose of him being out there. It was the perfect opportunity for the Vikings to let the quarterback get the emotional response from their fans that everyone knew would eventually happen at some point this season.

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Even those who are not fans of Bridgewater probably found it hard to not be happy for the guy during his return on Sunday.