Vikings quarterback Teddy Bridgewater did not throw a single pass during Saturday’s practice, the first since he was a surprise sit during Thursday’s exhibition in Seattle.
Head coach Mike Zimmer would not confirm a reported sore shoulder for Bridgewater, who donned full pads Saturday and did everything but throw the football.
“I don’t know. I’m not going to talk about injuries,” Zimmer said when asked about Bridgewater’s shoulder.
The Vikings coach said he had “no concern” regarding Bridgewater, later adding he’s “never concerned” when asked about a different injured player. Bridgewater was able to take part in running plays with the starters, handing off to Adrian Peterson and pitching the ball to Jerick McKinnon. But he did not throw a pass.
Backup quarterback Shaun Hill was a non participant at practice, given a “vet’s day,” according to Zimmer. So the only available passers at practice were undrafted rookie Joel Stave and newly-signed Brad Sorensen.
Stave said he found out shortly before practice that he would be running some of the first-team offense.
“I knew Shaun wasn’t going to be there,” Stave said. “I wasn’t expecting it. You know, it was exciting.”
Other noteworthy items from Saturday’s practice included the returns of guard Brandon Fusco and receiver Jarius Wright. Both had been held out since Aug. 11 and Aug. 8, respectively, and were full participants.
Cornerback Xavier Rhodes (hamstring) was still sidelined after leaving Thursday’s exhibition early with the injury. He was spelled by second-year cornerback Trae Waynes during practice.
Linebacker Eric Kendricks (hamstring) suited up for the first time since Aug. 6, but he appeared limited to individual work. Defensive tackle Sharrif Floyd (knee) donned a helmet as he worked with athletic trainer Eric Sugarman on the side of practice.