The Vikings held out hope that the rookie signal-caller would be ready in time to play Thursday, and Bridgewater himself expressed optimism throughout the process. But the short week came at a bad time for Bridgewater to be healthy enough to play.
If the rookie's ankle wasn't going to be strong enough to perform at a normal level, there was no point to toss him out on a short week on the road at Lambeau Field in what could be a wet contest.
Rapoport reported this offseason that the organization liked Ponder's progression under Turner and believed things would have gone differently for the first-round pick if he would have had this type of coaching his entire career. He gets a chance to prove if that is true Thursday night.