Bridgewater confident for Thursday

EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn. -- Teddy Bridgewater did not practice Tuesday with the Minnesota Vikings, but the rookie quarterback still hopes to play in two days against the Green Bay Packers.

Bridgewater said he is feeling "much better" than he did Sunday, when he suffered a sprained left ankle in Minnesota's victory over the Atlanta Falcons.

Bridgewater, who threw for 317 yards in his first NFL start Sunday, was not with the team during the open portion of its Tuesday practice and said he would likely spend most of the session doing running and flexibility exercises. As for throwing and pushing off on his left foot, he would likely do that during a jog-through Wednesday before the Vikings travel to Green Bay.

Bridgewater, though, said he was "much further ahead than I was Sunday" and still sounded optimistic about his chances to play.

"We have a long time until Thursday," he said. "I just want to continue to rehab, do a little exercising today and see where I am these next couple of days."

If Bridgewater is unable to go, Christian Ponder would make his first start of the season. That would mark the second consecutive season the Vikings would have used a third starting quarterback by October.