Vikings QB Bridgewater could come off PUP list this week

Minnesota Vikings quarterback Teddy Bridgewater, who dislocated his left knee and tore multiple ligaments 13-plus months ago, is hoping to come off the physically unable to perform list as early as this week. 

The Sports Xchange reported last Tuesday that the Vikings were on the verge of possibly getting Bridgewater back at practice. 

Barring any setbacks in his checkup with his knee surgeon on Monday, league sources told ESPN's Adam Schefter on Sunday that Bridgewater is on track to could come off the PUP list. 

According to Jay Glazer of Fox Sports, if Bridgewater is medically cleared he could be back on the field in a game in as little as three weeks. 

Bridgewater is eligible to begin practicing Monday. Vikings head athletic trainer Eric Sugarman said last week that Bridgewater will be evaluated by his surgeon to see if the quarterback is ready to return. 

Bridgewater has been sidelined being injured on Aug. 30, 2016, a week before the season. He hasn't played or practiced since. When he begins practicing, the Vikings will have 21 days to decide whether to add him to the active roster or keep him on PUP all year. 

The 24-year-old Bridgewater, the Vikings' 2014 first-round pick, is scheduled to become a free agent at the end of the season. He was a Pro Bowl selection in 2015, when he passed for 3,231 yards and 14 touchdowns against nine interceptions. 

The Vikings ruled out quarterback Sam Bradford for Sunday's game against the Green Bay Packers due to an ailing left knee. Backup Case Keenum returned to the starting role. 

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