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Bridgewater: Keenum’s support adds meaning to return

By Matthew Coller

When Teddy Bridgwater was activated by the Minnesota Vikings back back in November, the potential existed for there to be a quarterback controversy within the locker room. Over a month later, Case Keenum stood on the sideline cheering for Bridgewater as he walked back on the field for the first time since surrific a horrific knee injury prior to the 2016 opener.

“It was great, but it was even better seeing Case leading the chant,” Bridgewater said following the Vikings’ 34-7 win. “Case is an awesome guy, to see him standing behind me was amazing.”

Keenum’s performance has also played a role in quieting potential disruptions. After his first loss since Week 4 last week against Carolina, Keenum bounced back going 20-for-23 with 236 yards and two touchdowns.

Tight end Kyle Rudolph, who caught his eighth touchdown of the year in the rout, was one of the first to come over to Bridgewater after the team had been informed their backup QB would enter the game. Rudolph said Keenum’s support for Bridgewater has been there all along.

“You look at our entire quarterback room, that’s the case with all three of them, they all help one another, they all support one another, whether it’s in the film room, the meeting room, out on the practice field, on the game field, whether it’s Case, Teddy, Sam, they are all there to help whoever is the one that’s out there,” Rudolph said.

Earlier this year, Keenum said that Bridgewater had played a role in his success by pointing things out on the sideline that he had seen in opposing defenses.

“There’s not a guy in our locker room that doesn’t love Teddy and support Teddy 100 percent,” Rudolph said. “That’s the kind of person Teddy is. The excitement on our sideline when we found it he was going to have the opportunity to go in, I’m just glad the glass didn’t shatter when he went out there because I was worried for the roof to come down.”

Rudolph was reflective following the game, remembering his conversation with Bridgewater the night of his injury.

“To talk to him in the hospital that night, I knew there was no way that he would done playing football,” Rudolph said. “He was so determined to get back out there and play. So today was not a surprise.”

The post Bridgewater: Keenum’s support adds meaning to return appeared first on 1500 ESPN Twin Cities.

Source:: 1500 ESPN Sportswire

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