EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn. -- Minnesota Vikings quarterback Teddy Bridgewater has passed the first test in the NFL's concussion protocol after being hit in the head in the fourth quarter Sunday against the St. Louis Rams, coach Mike Zimmer said.
The quarterback seemed to be in good spirits in the locker room after the Vikings' 21-18 overtime win, and two league sources told ESPN that Bridgewater was doing fine and felt good enough to celebrate the win at dinner with friends and family. If Bridgewater is able to pass the rest of the league's concussion protocol this week, he should be able to start Sunday against the Oakland Raiders.
"I think he should be good to go," Zimmer said.
Zimmer would not comment on whether he had talked with the NFL about Rams defensive back Lamarcus Joyner's hit on Bridgewater, which came when Joyner elbowed Bridgewater in the head while the quarterback was sliding on a run. The coach made it clear again Monday that he was upset with the Rams' style of play and noted there was more than one hit he was unhappy about.
On the series before Bridgewater was knocked out of the game, Rams defensive end William Hayes laid a low hit on Bridgewater while the quarterback was rolling to his left. Zimmer said officials told him they did not call a penalty on the play because Bridgewater was out of the pocket, but when asked about the play Monday, Zimmer said, "I didn't like it."
The Vikings finished the game with former Rams quarterback Shaun Hill taking his first snaps of the year. Hill completed two of his six passes for 15 yards as the Vikings drove for the game-winning field goal in overtime. Afterward, Zimmer was critical of Rams defensive coordinator Gregg Williams and said, "There's a history there with their defensive coordinator." He also called Joyner's hit on Bridgewater a cheap shot.
Vikings players were critical of Joyner's hit and the Rams' style of play after Sunday's win. Left tackle Matt Kalil, among others, said the Vikings were prepared for the Rams' style of play.
"We know how they play. I've played them a couple of times before," Kalil said. "It's just their mentality, they're going to get after it, and they don't care who they're playing. I think their biggest thing is they're trying to get you rattled. They're trying to get you to retaliate, and I think we did a great job of keeping our composure and not playing into that whole game."
On Monday, Rams coach Jeff Fisher said he thinks Zimmer's emotions got the best of him following Sunday's game.
"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,'" Fisher said. "Clearly it's been said, clearly Mike's and mine handshake was very short. He didn't say a word. I went out to congratulate him. I was going to ask him how his quarterback was and congratulate him on the win, and he was gone. And I understand that. But you also need to control your emotions after the game and look at the tape and then adjust accordingly. Again, I don't know who they play this week, I don't care, but we have moved on. We're on to Chicago."
Information from ESPN.com Rams reporter Nick Wagoner contributed to this report.