Looks like it's Teddy Time

Is it finally Teddy Time? [Photo: Carlos Gonzalez]

Is it finally Teddy Time? [Photo: Carlos Gonzalez]

Update: Teddy Bridgewater was indeed cleared to practice

OK, Vikings fans, let's speculate wildly. 

This morning, about an hour ago, Vikes quarterback Teddy Bridgewater tweeted the following:  

Why do those two words matter? Because Bridgewater -- who injured his left knee to the point of near-amputation ahead of the 2016 season -- was due to receive a physical on Monday, the results of which would determine whether he can be removed from the PUP list. 

Atop the NFC North and without injured starting QB Sam Bradford, the Vikings (4-2) could seemingly now turn to Bridgewater, the team's 2014 first-round draft pick and fan-favorite. 

In other words, it'd be Teddy Time. 

And the timing could not be better. The Vikings broke the collarbone of Packers QB Aaron Rodgers in Sunday's 23-10 victory, perhaps sidelining him for the season. Without the two-time MVP, the injury-riddled Packers (4-2) will be a mess. Should Rodgers not return this year, the Detroit Lions (3-3) likely pose the biggest challenge, but they're the Detroit Lions. 

It's unclear how quickly the Vikings would hand Bridgewater the starting job. Journeyman backup Case Keenum (5 touchdowns, 1 interception, 93.1 rating) has filled in admirably. Talent-wise, however, he's no Bridgewater.

Keenum could serve as a bridge, so to speak, the next two weeks against the Baltimore Ravens and the Cleveland Browns. A bye week follows that stretch, meaning Bridgewater would have three weeks to prep. Or maybe we see him starting next week at U.S. Bank Stadium -- who the hell knows? Bridgewater can begin practicing right away if he's removed from the PUP; the Vikings then have 21 days to add him to the 53-man roster or shelve him for the year. 

The Vikings last won the NFC North in 2015. Bridgewater was 11-5 as a starter that season.