The Vikings are keeping their on-the-mend quarterback on the physically unable to perform list for the first six games of the season.
The move -- expected to come before teams seal up their 53-man rosters on Saturday -- means the Vikings have not ruled out Bridgewater playing in 2017, Rapoport was told.
Bridgewater suffered a dislocated knee and a complete tear of his ACL last August, leading coach Mike Zimmer to wonder this offseason if the quarterback would ever play again. The team declined Bridgewater's fifth-year option in May.
Under the rules of the PUP, Bridgewater would be given a five-week window to practice after sitting out the first six games. The Vikings would then have a three-week space to activate the quarterback to the 53-man roster. If either of those deadlines pass, Bridgewater would remain on the PUP for the rest of the season.
Either way, this is a positive development for Bridgewater, who progressed to dropping back and throwing the ball this offseason and could very well see snaps this autumn if something happens to starter Sam Bradford.