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Mike Zimmer: Vikings medical staff more worried by Teddy Bridgewater’s knee than I was

Minnesota Vikings head coach Mike Zimmer said, though he personally felt optimistic about the long-term health of Teddy Bridgewater’s knee, the team’s medical staff was concerned about the quarterback’s long-term future in the NFL.

Well, I thought he was doing good in practice. The reports I’d get back from the medical people weren’t as positive as I was, Zimmer said Tuesday at the NFL annual meetings.

The Vikings reset their quarterback position in free agency, signing Kirk Cousins and trading for Trevor Siemian. Bridgewater, Keenum and Bradford all signed elsewhere.

I mean, everything (Bridgewater) does, he overcomes, Zimmer said. He’s a great competitor. A great kid.

I mean, for him to come back from the injury he had was significant. Really, it was remarkable, for the amount of time. No one in the history of the world has come back from the injury he had in that amount of time.

The Vikings gathered information about athletes from all sports who suffered an injury similar to Bridgewater’s. According to their medical staff’s analysis, Zimmer said 24 total cases were recorded, and half of those athletes never competed again.

It was doubtful, Zimmer said of the initial medical prognosis that Bridgewater would be able to play again.

But I think the part about knowing who the kid was made it a little bit better.

Trevone Boykin was accused of viciously beating his girlfriend last Tuesday. It wasn’t until this Tuesday — a day after the victim went on Dallas’s WFAA-TV to tell her story — that the Seahawks released him, although they reportedly knew of the investigation into the incident soon after it happened. The NFL might never get a grip, collectively or with each team, on how to deal with players in these situations. The way the Seahawks handled this one doesn’t create much confidence. Until this, Boykin was the only backup for Russell Wilson under contract. Until this, they were ready to ride with him.

They lost Paul Richardson in free agency. They traded Bennett and released Sherman. They have entertained trading Thomas. And NHL Jerseys China they used the anybody but Kaepernick strategy of backing up the most valuable, and vulnerable, player on Orioles Cheap Jerseys their roster.

What does Eichel look like when he’s playing well?

When you look at getting guys healthy, knowing that you are going to be able to play a home playoff game and then you think about kind of the risk-reward, we feel like that’s NHL Jerseys China probably going to be the best decision, is to rest some of those guys for our team, McVay said. Make no mistake about it, the guys that we are going to go forward with, we’re going to do everything in our power to compete to go win a football game. But everything we do, like we’ve said, is intentional. I think that’s served us well up to this point.

You don’t take anything away for what this game means to us this coming week, but when you say, knowing that you do have the opportunity to play that home playoff game the following week and is it a three (seed), is it a four? How does that really alter and affect compared to some of thigs that could potentially occur? That’s more than likely the approach that we’re going to take.

The most important thing is for those guys that are banged up right now — (Ogletree and Barron), that’s where you feel pretty good about maybe saying, ‘Alright, these are guys that are definite candidates to rest them and get them as healthy as possible for that first playoff game.’

I think when he’s skating, that’s when he’s playing his best. Using his speed, Sabres winger Evander Kane said. He likes slowing the game down, but when he’s playing at a higher tempo, he’s at his best.

For Eichel, the hot streak came just as he prepared to step onto the regular season’s grandest stage at Citi Field in New York, against the New York Rangers on New Year’s Day. Like most 21-year-old hockey fans, Eichel has been picturing himself playing in a Winter Classic since the event’s first edition in Buffalo between the Sabres and Penguins 10 years ago.

Just that ending. At that point in my life, I was a pretty big Sidney Crosby fan, Eichel said of Crosby’s show-covered shootout winner at Ralph Wilson Stadium. I’m just NFL Jerseys Paypal excited to be a part of it. Most kids, I think, dream of playing in this game. I was no different.

When it comes to the Winter Classic, the pond hockey motif has been overplayed to the point of queasiness. It’s hackneyed and it’s inescapable. (And reductive, when you consider how many young players are emerging from non-traditional markets, like Arizona’s own Auston Matthews.)

Yet in speaking to Eichel, the motif is also undeniably applicable. He’s a creature of the frozen lakes, a player born from that experience. I was fortunate to grow up in an area where there’s a lot of ponds and they love hockey, he said.