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Souhan: Vikings, Bridgewater haven't handled injury news well

It has become cliche to say that Teddy Bridgewater is a nice young man.

Fans say it. Players say it. Writers say it. And Mike Zimmer says it virtually every time he stands behind a podium.

Now, this line of thinking is overblown and is reaching the outskirts of silliness. Christian Ponder was/is a nice young man and the fan base hated him once they figured out he couldn't play.

What is certain about Bridgewater is that his and his team's handling of his injury is not so likable.

Bridgewater has released a couple of short videos of him throwing. On Tuesday, the Vikings released a short video of Bridgewater dropping back.

If you think Bridgewater is ahead of schedule, or on schedule, or doing encouraging things, why not say so?

You must be encouraged, or why put out a video designed to encourage?

If you're not encouraged, why put out the video?

And if you are encouraged, why not allow Bridgewater to talk?

He hasn't spoken publicly in an interview setting since his injury.

Why?

You don't need to protect him. He handles himself very well and never says anything he doesn't want to say.

I've only seen him display what I'm told is his real personality once: When I interviewed him after a training camp practice before his second season. He danced and joked that day.

Bridgewater is both likable and sympathetic.

So if he's making real progress, why not just say so? Or let him say so?

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Souhan: Mauer's days off don't even attract attention now

Something strange happened at the ballpark on Tuesday.

Joe Mauer was given a day off. And not a day off after a night game, or a day off after getting hit in the head by a pitch. He was given a day off after an off day.

Here's what's strangest: Nobody asked about it.

The modern baseball press corps is large. Tuesday marked the Twins returning from a successful road trip, in first place, and with no other major sporting events drawing reporters to other stories.

There were multiple TV cameras and the usual blend of print and online reporters. Manager Paul Molitor's office was crowded.

Mauer was out of the lineup. On a night after a day off. And nobody asked about it.

Everyone knew what the answer to the question would be: Molitor would say, as he has before, that he's looking for days to rest Mauer, and he might as well do it against a tough lefthander.

Remember when Twins fans screamed when Mauer was given a day off after a night game?

I didn't see a single mention on social media about this day of rest.

Despite hitting his first walkoff homer, Mauer is having a terrible season at the plate. He's on pace to set career-worsts in every major category.

It's not that no one cares about Mauer's decline. It's just that his struggles have become routine.

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