Quarterback Teddy Bridgewater did not play in the Vikings’ 18-11 preseason victory in Seattle on Thursday night, and ESPN reported today that Bridgewater had a sore shoulder.
Bridgewater, entering his third NFL season, did not miss any practice time leading up to the game and told the television broadcast that his health wasn’t a reason to be concerned.
“Nothing to be concerned about at all health wise,” Bridgewater said during Thursday’s game.
Head coach Mike Zimmer declined to explain the surprise sit, which led to backup Shaun Hill starting, repeatedly saying “it was my decision,” including when asked about the quarterback’s health during the game. Both Bridgewater and Zimmer said there were no disciplinary reasons.
Hill completed 10 of 17 throws for 129 yards.
“We had to take a good look at him,” Zimmer said of Hill. “Make sure we go into the season with a backup we feel good about.”
Bridgewater played 15 snaps in the Vikings’ exhibition opener on Aug. 12, completing six of seven passes for 92 yards and a touchdown.