By Mike Triplett | ESPN Staff Writer
METAIRIE, La. -- Teddy Bridgewater said he has "the chills" thinking about Sunday, when he will make his first start since suffering a devastating knee injury in the summer of 2016.
New Orleans Saints coach Sean Payton said Friday that Bridgewater will start at quarterback in place of Drew Brees against the Carolina Panthers. The Saints (13-2) have the luxury of resting some starters since they locked up the NFC's No. 1 playoff seed last weekend.
It also will be a showcase for Bridgewater, 26, who figures to be one of the NFL's most intriguing free agents in 2019.
Bridgewater's last start came nearly three years ago for the Minnesota Vikings in a January 2016 playoff loss to the Seattle Seahawks. He returned to play for the Vikings late last season and played well for the New York Jets this preseason before New Orleans acquired him in a trade.
But he said being a starter again for the first time holds special significance. ...
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