Bridgewater ruled out vs. Packers

Green Bay, WI ( – Minnesota Vikings quarterback Teddy
Bridgewater is inactive for Thursday’s NFC North tilt against the Green Bay

Bridgewater, who suffered a sprained left ankle late in Sunday’s 41-28 win
over Atlanta, returned to practice in a limited role on Wednesday, but the
short week proved too much of a concern and the rookie will be held out of the

Christian Ponder, the Vikings’ 2013 starter at quarterback, will be under
center in Bridgewater’s absence.

Bridgewater took over the No. 1 job following veteran Matt Cassel’s season-
ending broken foot in Minnesota’s Week 2 loss to New England. The former
Louisville standout threw for 317 yards on 19-of-30 passing against the
Falcons while adding his first career rushing touchdown.

Quarterback Chandler Harnish was signed off of Minnesota’s practice squad
earlier on Thursday and will serve as Ponder’s backup.