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Zimmer thinks injured QB Bridgewater will play this season

Minnesota Vikings quarterback Teddy Bridgewater looks on Aug. 31 during the fourth quarter against the Miami Dolphins at U.S. Bank Stadium. Jeffrey Becker-USA TODAY Sports

EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn. — Vikings coach Mike Zimmer remains hopeful that injured quarterback Teddy Bridgewater will play this season, and we'll all know more about his status next week.

Team trainer Eric Sugarman said Tuesday, Oct. 10, that Bridgewater, who hasn't played since suffering a torn ACL in August 2016, will be re-evaluated Monday by his surgeon. The team will then determine whether Bridgewater can return to practice next week, when he is first eligible to come off the physically unable to perform (PUP) list.

"I have belief that he will (play this season), but he hasn't been on the field yet, so it's hard to say," Zimmer said of Bridgewater.

Dan Cooper of the Carrell Clinic in Dallas will examine Bridgewater. Cooper performed his surgery Sept. 9, 2016.

The Vikings placed Bridgewater on the PUP list at the start of the season. NFL rules forbid Bridgewater from practicing or playing for the first six weeks of the season, and the Vikings play their sixth game Sunday against Green Bay at U.S. Bank Stadium.

The Vikings have a five-week window starting next week to determine whether Bridgewater will return to practice. If he practices, they would have a three-week window to decide to activate him or place him on injured reserve for the remainder of the season.

CBS reported Sunday that Bridgewater is expected to return next week to practice.