Bridgewater's promising National Football League career was hanging in the balance.
Bridgewater has kept a very low profile since his injury 11 months ago. "It's one day at a time because within a blink of an eye, it was taken away from me (last year)".
The Vikings also announced that Bridgewater would be available to reporters after practice Thursday.
"The No. 1 thing I want to do right now is: getting solid fundamentals, getting a strong foundation down and, finally, getting the right five guys in there so they can start working with some cohesion and working together". "I'm thankful to be a part of this team".
Bridgewater said he's not looking too far down the road and that he's still re-learning his body. Head coach Mike Zimmer once again lauded his quarterback for the unbelievable progress he's made in the past year. "So I come from an fantastic DNA".
Bridgewater said he has drawn inspiration from his mother, Rose Murphy, a breast cancer survivor.
"It's a long process, " Bridgewater said.
"It's a roller coaster that you go on, but for me, I've had so much support that I've had more great days than I've had bad days".
Asked if there was any fear of losing his leg at the time of the injury, Bridgewater wouldn't go into details but praised the Vikings' athletic training staff for their quick work at the time.
After Bridgewater was lost for the 2016 season, the Vikings traded for Sam Bradford to be the starter. "I can never take that for granted", Griffen said.
"Those calls will come in time", Spielman said.
He said he's not anxious about getting hurt again.
"That first initial hit or contact will tell me, 'Hey, I can do this."' he said. It motivates you that, hey, I need to get back out there.
Bridgewater, who has used his mobility to evade the pass rush, declined to say if any doctors have told him that he might not return to his previous level.
He said on Thursday he thinks he's running well.
Bridgewater called it a "freak accident" when he went down without contact August 30, 2016.
"I think he's in a good place right now, and I kind of think he sees the end-game now", Zimmer said.
Apparently, all is well with Bradford, even though he's entering the final year of his contract with nary a peep said about extending his deal.
There are ways they can table a decision, including using the franchise tag next season on Bradford, but at some point in the near future for salary-cap purposes they'll have to pick between one or the other for the long term. To be the best player I can be.