Way We Hear It: Teddy Bridgewater may help Vikings more than Sam Bradford this season — and beyond By ERIC EDHOLMOct. 19, 2017 The clock has been started on Teddy Bridgewater’s return to the field, and he might have a better chance of making an impact on the Minnesota Vikings’ season than Sam Bradford could from here on out.The clock has been started on Teddy Bridgewater’s return to the field, and he might have a better chance of making an impact on the Minnesota Vikings’ season than Sam Bradford could from here on out. Bridgewater has been medically cleared to return to practice following a devastating knee injury, and it’s not impossible to think that he could play down the stretch. In fact, the people we spoke with this week up in Minnesota — despite hedging quite a bit on both quarterbacks — hinted that Bridgewater might be better conditioned to help the team than Bradford. Bradford’s history of knee injuries has been longer, and the chronic issue might not improve. He missed Weeks 2 through 4, returned in an ineffective performance against the Chicago Bears in Week 5 and was benched again in favor for Case Keenum midway through that game and in the Week 6 win over the Green Bay Packers.It’s Keenum’s job for now. Bradford isn’t expected to be a go anytime soon. But Bridgewater could enter the mix at some point. If Keenum struggles, there could be a switch to the QB who last took a regular-season snap in 2015 and who suffered a dislocated knee and torn ACL on a devastating play last August. Of course, the Vikings might not need to make a change and could simply ask Bridgewater, if he’s activated in the next two-plus weeks, to be Keenum’s backup at some point. The Vikings also have Kyle Sloter on the roster for now. More than one NFL team is eyeing how the Vikings handle Sloter, who was signed after an impressive preseason with the Denver Broncos.Is Bridgewater back? Almost. He still could suffer a setback along the way, but it appears he will be activated at some point and a Vikings source believes has a future with the team — beyond this season. Bradford and Bridgewater (the injury has made his contract status a bit unclear) could be free agents following the season. If we had to bet right now, we’d suggest there’s a better chance that Bridgewater is on the Vikings’ roster in 2018 than there is for Bradford.