EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn. -- Minnesota Vikings quarterback Teddy Bridgewater is still going through the NFL’s concussion protocol, but coach Mike Zimmer remains optimistic Bridgewater will be ready for Sunday’s game against the Oakland Raiders.
"He’s progressing nicely," Zimmer said.
Bridgewater left the game in the fourth quarter on Sunday after taking an elbow to the head from Rams defensive back Lamarcus Joyner while Bridgewater was sliding at the end of a run. He seemed in good spirits in the locker room after the game, and Zimmer said Monday that Bridgewater had passed the first step of the NFL’s concussion protocol. Assuming there is no setback, Bridgewater should be ready to return for Sunday’s game in Oakland.
Zimmer said nothing to Rams coach Jeff Fisher as he shook his hand after the Vikings win, and had a strong rebuke for Joyner and Rams defensive coordinator Gregg Williams after the game, saying he thought the hit was a cheap shot and adding, "There’s a history there with their defensive coordinator." Fisher has maintained the hit wasn’t intentional, and admonished Zimmer in his Monday news conference, saying, "I think a good lesson to be learned from this is 'Control your emotions immediately after the game and go back and look at the tape before you jump to conclusions.'"
Asked about Fisher’s comments on Wednesday, Zimmer was not interested offering another response.
"You know what, I’ve moved onto the Raiders. I don’t really get into all that," Zimmer said. The Vikings coach had compared notes with Fisher before the Vikings moved into TCF Bank Stadium last season, asking Fisher about the challenges of playing in a temporary home from his time with the Tennessee Titans, but Zimmer said he wasn’t worried about his relationship with Fisher.
"I’m sure we’ll see each other at some point," Zimmer said.