No matter how he reached his decision, coach Mike Zimmer succeeded with his surprise move to start Shaun Hill while resting Teddy Bridgewater in the second preseason game at Seattle on Thursday night.
Zimmer said Bridgewater was healthy enough to play in Seattle, but he made the call not to play him.
The 36-year-old Hill played most of the first half, going 10 of 17 for 129 yards in the team's 18-11 win over the Seahawks.
"A lot of times they'll say "Hey yeah I can go" but I tell them if you go out there and you get hurt in two plays like what happened a couple times past year it's hurting the team", Zimmer said. Bridgewater did not play in the last preseason game against the Seattle Seahawks and did not throw this past weekend at practice. "We're going to continue to do what we think is best". "But there are certain things I'm not going to tell you".
Zimmer said he made the change because the team was exhausted and not because Bridgewater and Shaun Hill were both unable to do any real work on Sunday, leaving nearly all of the throws to undrafted college free agent Joel Stave.
Left tackle Matt Kalil also returned for some full-team work, although he wasn't in pads later in practice while T.J. Clemmings took his snaps. It's not like he's a first-year rookie. If I played him and he got hurt, you guys would be killing me in the press.
The Minnesota Vikings signed quarterback Brad Sorensen on Saturday.
"The 6'5", 230-pound Sorensen was a seventh-round draft choice (#221 overall) of the San Diego Chargers in the 2013 NFL Draft, having played his college football at Southern Utah.
Albeit a position of far less significance, tight ends are in ample supply for the Vikings.
When it was then suggested to Zimmer that the Vikings would want defenses to play Peterson the way they would in the regular season, giving him a chance to get some work before the team's opener September 11, Zimmer said, "We'll see in the game". "He's been on the side working as hard as he can and probably a little ahead of schedule".
"Rhett's worked extremely hard", Zimmer said. Rhett's a great kid. "He's got some athletic ability, but I'm looking forward to seeing what he does when he gets on the field".