Minnesota Vikings: Joyner fined for late hit on Teddy Bridgewater


How much does it cost to hit a quarterback illegally in the NFL? Well, $17,363 if you are St. Louis Rams cornerback Lamarcus Joyner and you hit a sliding Minnesota Vikings quarterback Teddy Bridgewater last Sunday.

The hit to Bridgewater knocked the quarterback out of the game on Sunday, but the Vikings held on to defeat the Rams. It looked as if Bridgewater was knocked unconscious on Sunday, but he did get off the field under his own power. Shaun Hill came in in relief for the concussed Vikings QB.

It looks like the Vikings will have Bridgewater on Sunday against the Oakland Raiders, though. Bridgewater was listed as a full participant to practice on Thursday after being limited earlier in the week. 1500ESPN reports that Bridgewater has not been made available to the media this week which points to Bridgewater not having fully passed the concussion protocol yet.

Throughout eight games this season, Bridgewater has gone 149/232 on passing attempts for a completion percentage of 64.2%. Bridgewater has tossed six touchdowns and six interceptions so far in the 2015 campaign.

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Cornerback Terence Newman (concussion) and defensive end Brian Robinson (ankle) both were upgraded to full participants for Thursday’s practice. The following players were limited: Defensive tackle Linval Joseph (foot), defensive end Justin Trattou (foot), defensive tackle Sharrif Floyd (knee/ankle), cornerback Marcus Sherels (shoulder) and receiver Cordarrelle Patterson (shoulder).

The Vikings still have a pair of linebackers who have not yet practiced this week. Anthony Barr and Eric Kendricks both have not seen the field, but 1500ESPN quoted head coach Mike Zimmer saying the team is “just being careful” with the players.

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