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Mike Zimmer: 'I want Teddy. I don't want him going somewhere else.'

Right now, Vikings coach Mike Zimmer doesn’t have a choice to make at quarterback because, as he said today at the owners meetings, “I honestly have no idea” when Teddy Bridgewater will be able to play again after last summer’s devastating knee injury.

For now, Sam Bradford is the starter. But it’s not as though the 29-year-old is a starter just by default. He played well under incredibly adverse conditions a year ago, setting an NFL record for completion percentage while proving he can stay healthy for an entire season.

So what happens when Bridgewater does return to full strength? Will the Vikings have an even more difficult decision to make if Bradford improves. He turns 30 in November, but that’s not a bad thing for quarterbacks. In fact, it can mean they’re very much still in their prime.

I asked Zimmer at today’s NFC coaches breakfast how Teddy is handling the possibility of not having a future with this team, adding that “I’m sure he knows he’ll play somewhere, if not in Minnesota.”

Zimmer paused and gathered his thoughts before making it clear he’s still very much a fan of his fallen QB despite his appreciation for how well Bradford has filled in.

“The biggest thing again is just trying to get [Bridgewater] healthy and go from there,” Zimmer said. “I want Teddy. I don’t want him going somewhere else.”

Bridgewater is 24. He turns 25 on Nov. 10, two days after Bradford turns 30.

“There really is no other plan [for the future at quarterback] ntil Teddy gets healthy,” Zimmer said. “It’s when he gets healthy, we’ll worry about it. We don’t know when it’s going to be. If he comes in tomorrow and is 100 percent, which he won’t, but if he did, then we’d have to adjust things. But right now we don’t know when he’s going to be ready.”

Zimmer also said the Vikings have a plan in place to bring in a veteran quarterback to prepare to serve as Bradford’s backup going into the season. He wouldn’t say who they’ve targeted but made it sound as though something could be happening relatively soon.

NFL passes eight new rules, three bylaw proposals and a resolution

PHOENIX —  NFL owners have passed eight new rules, three bylaw proposals and one resolution during today’s action at the annual league meetings.

Meanwhile, Commissioner Roger Goodell also announced this evening that the proposal to loosen the league’s player celebration rules have been tabled until he can meet and discuss the matter more with the players.

And one of the rules voted down was the proposal to allow coaches to challenge any officiating decision.

Here’s what was approved today:

Playing Rules proposals:

2a. By Philadelphia; Prohibits the “leaper” block attempt on field goal and extra point plays.

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8. By Competition Committee; Makes permanent the rule that disqualifies a player who is penalized twice in one game for certain types of unsportsmanlike conduct fouls.

9. By Competition Committee; Changes the spot of the next snap after a touchback resulting from a free kick to the 25-yard line for one year only.

11. By Competition Committee; Gives a receiver running a pass route defenseless player protection.

12. By Competition Committee; Makes crackback blocks prohibited by a backfield player who is in motion, even if he is not more than two yards outside the tackle when the ball is snapped.

13. By Competition Committee; Replaces the sideline replay monitor with a hand-held device and authorizes designated members of the Officiating department to make the final decision on replay reviews.

14. By Competition Committee; Makes it Unsportsmanlike Conduct to commit multiple fouls during the same down designed to manipulate the game clock.

15. By Competition Committee; Makes actions such as substitution violations to conserve time illegal after the two-minute warning of either half.

Bylaw proposals approved Tuesday:

4. By Competition Committee; Liberalizes rules for timing, testing, and administering physical examinations to draft-eligible players at a club’s facility for one year only.

5. By Competition Committee; Changes the procedures for returning a player on Reserve/Physically Unable to Perform or Reserve/Non-Football Injury or Illness to the Active List to be similar to those for returning a player that was Designated for Return.

6. By Competition Committee; The League office will transmit a Personnel Notice to clubs on Sundays during training camp and preseason.

Resolution Proposal approved

G-4. By Competition Committee: Permits a contract or non-contract non-football employee to interview with and be hired by another club during the playing season, provided the employer club has consented.

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