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Injuries: Bridgewater cleared to start vs. Raiders

Teddy Bridgewater will be under center for the Minnesota Vikings on Sunday, NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport reported, per a source informed of the situation. The team listed him as active against the Raiders.

Bridgewater was in concussion protocol all week after suffering a head injury last Sunday against the Rams, but he was a full participant in Friday's practice, leading many to believe he'd get the green light.

Vikings head coach Mike Zimmer said Friday that Bridgewater had yet to clear protocol, but added he was confident Bridgewater would play against the Raiders. Rapoport reported Sunday morning that Bridgewater had been cleared and will in fact start.

Shaun Hill is Bridgewater's backup.

The Vikings should be thrilled as they try and pad their record heading into an absolutely brutal stretch of games. Oakland is bad enough on the road without games against Green Bay, at Atlanta, against Seattle and at Arizona on the horizon.

The hit that led to Bridgewater's concussion by Rams defensive back Lamarcus Joyner resulted in a fine of more than $23,000.

Here are other injuries we're tracking Sunday morning:

  1. Packers running back Eddie Lacy (groin) and wideout Ty Montgomery (ankle) are inactive for Sunday's game against the Lions, the team announced.
  1. The Steelers are not expected to start Ben Roethlisberger (foot) against the Browns, sources told Rapoport and NFL Media's Albert Breer. Landry Jones will get the nod instead. However, Big Ben is active and will be Jones' backup in case they need him, sources told NFL Network's Aditi Kinkhabwala.
  1. Bears running back Matt Forte (knee) will miss another game Sunday, the team announced. Jeremey Langford is expected to get the start.
  1. As expected, the Browns will start Johnny Manziel against the Steelers, Rapoport reported. Josh McCown (ribs) is inactive. Austin Davis will likely be the backup.
  1. Rams wide receiver Wes Welker will make his debut against the Bears, the team announced.
  1. Seahawks running back Marshawn Lynch (abdominal injury) is "50-50" to play Sunday night against the Cardinals, a source told Rapoport.
  1. Buccaneers tight end Austin Seferian-Jenkins (shoulder) and wideout Vincent Jackson (knee) will not play against the Cowboys, the team announced. Seferian-Jenkins has not been cleared for contact, so he could miss more than just Sunday's game, Rapoport reported.
  1. Broncos receiver Emmanuel Sanders (hand, ankle) was questionable for Sunday's game against the Chiefs, but the team has listed him as active.
  1. The Jaguars will have both Marqise Lee (hamstring) and Allen Hurns (foot, thigh) available for their game against the Ravens, the team announced.
  1. Cardinals receiver John Brown (hamstring) is expected to play against the Seahawks, Rapoport reported.
  1. Lions wideout Calvin Johnson (ankle) is active against the Packers, Rapoport reported.
  1. Redskins cornerback DeAngelo Hall (toe) is active against the Saints, Rapoport reported.
  1. Cowboys linebackers Anthony Hitchens (ankle) and Rolando McClain (hand/foot) are active against the Bucs, Breer reported.
  1. Dolphins linebacker Spencer Paysinger and Brent Grimes (illness) are inactive, the team reported. Grimes wasn't on Friday's injury report. Grimes was sick late Friday night and his sickness came back this morning. He worked out this morning and didn't feel well enough to play, Rapoport reported.
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