Teddy Bridgewater returning from sore shoulder with more throws in Vikings' practice

Teddy Bridgewater warmed up before last Thursday night's game, but he didn't play due to a sore shoulder.. Joe Nicholson/USA TODAY Sports

EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn. -- Minnesota Vikings quarterback Teddy Bridgewater made a broader set of passes in his second day of throwing this week, unleashing his first deep ball on Wednesday since he missed last Thursday's game in Seattle with a sore shoulder.

Bridgewater let a pass go about 40 yards downfield and overthrew Kyle Rudolph, but a referee flagged Captain Munnerlyn for pass interference on the play. The quarterback connected with Rudolph on a couple of crossing routes about 20 yards down the field, and hit the tight end on a flag route during 7-on-7 drills. He also made an impressive throw to Adam Thielen, dropping the pass over linebacker Audie Cole's head and taking advantage of the fact there was no cornerback in Thielen's vicinity.

Two league sources told ESPN on Friday that Bridgewater could have played with his sore shoulder in a regular-season game, and Vikings offensive coordinator Norv Turner said Wednesday the team is getting Bridgewater ready to play Sunday against the San Diego Chargers. After two days without throwing following the Seahawks game, the Vikings appear to be ramping Bridgewater back up for their third preseason game on Sunday.

Here are some other notes and observations from Wednesday's practice:

  • Defensive tackle Sharrif Floyd has been mixed into some team drills in the last few days, and practiced Wednesday with a sizable brace on his left knee. Floyd, who had cartilage removed from the knee last year, has dealt with lingering issues from the injury since the team's offseason program.

  • Left tackle Matt Kalil was out again on Wednesday, leaving T.J. Clemmings as the starting right tackle. As the Vikings continue to evaluate their options at center, Joe Berger was back with the first-team offense on Wednesday, with John Sullivan working with the second group.

  • With Eric Kendricks still dealing with hamstring issues, Cole was the top middle linebacker in Wednesday's practice. "He's done good," coach Mike Zimmer said. "He's a steady guy; he's always pretty much in the right place, makes the right calls, does what he's supposed to do. Cole did drop an interception on Wednesday, though, in a stretch that also saw Trae Waynes and Jabari Price miss chances to come down with picks.