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Bridgewater ready to return against former team; McCaffrey not expected to play

11/25/2020 3:13:12 PM
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Carolina Panthers quarterback Teddy Bridgewater will return for Sunday's game at Minnesota, marking his first start against his former team since he suffered a horrific left knee injury during the Vikings' 2016 training camp, David Newton of reports.

"For me, it's just another opportunity to do what I love to do,'' Bridgewater said on Wednesday. "Can't make these games bigger than what they are. I'm aware of the storyline and the buildup. But it's the most important game because it's the next game.''

Christian McCaffrey returned to practice Wednesday after missing the past two games with a shoulder injury, but coach Matt Rhule doesn't expect his star running back to play against the Vikings.

Bridgewater was a full participant in practice and McCaffrey limited.

Rhule said he didn't notice any difference in Bridgewater's demeanor preparing to face the team that made him a first-round pick in 2014 out of Louisville than any other week.

"I don't sense he's looking at it differently,'' Rhule said. "He's excited to get back out there and play. He's our starting quarterback. He's our leader. P.J. [Walker] came in and did a good job, got us a win, but Teddy's our guy.

"We expect him to play well and everyone to play well around him.''

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