Teddy Bridgewater Suffers Season-Ending Dislocated Knee, ACL Tear

EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn. (WCCO/AP) — The Minnesota Vikings ended practice after just 25 minutes Tuesday, and Teddy Bridgewater suffered a significant injury that will change the entire complexion of a season filled with high expectations.

Vikings officials confirmed Tuesday that Bridgewater suffered a dislocated knee, and a MRI showed a complete ACL tear as well as other structural damage. Team officials said there was no nerve or arterial damage. Bridgewater will have surgery in the next few days, and is expected to make a full recovery. Though that recovery time will be significant.

Bridgewater will miss the 2016 season.

Bridgewater suffered a non-contact injury while dropping back to pass during a team drill and was seen on the ground and not moving. According to several reports, Bridgewater was seen grabbing his left knee. Players immediately gathered around Bridgewater and the training staff and began praying. An ambulance was seen pulling into Winter Park to take Bridgewater to the hospital.

Players were visibly distraught as they exited the field, some hurling expletives into the air. A small group remained behind, huddled around him in prayer as team athletic trainers worked to immobilize his leg.

If Bridgewater is unable to return in a timely manner, there is little behind him on the depth chart. Shaun Hill is the primary backup, but he’s 36 years old and has played only sparingly over the last five years.

Bridgewater is entering his third season in the NFL and the Vikings were counting on him to take some major steps forward after a promising start to his career. He helped lead the Vikings to the NFC North championship last season as more of a game manager, but Zimmer and offensive coordinator Norv Turner have said that they expected him to be much more of a playmaker in 2016.

“Teddy’s such a great kid,” Zimmer said. “I love this kid. Our fans love this kid.”

Bridgewater missed the second preseason game with a sore shoulder, but was very sharp on Sunday against San Diego. He went 12 for 16 for 161 yards and a touchdown in two quarters of work, leaving Vikings players and fans fully confident as the team starts to prepare for the season opener at Tennessee on Sept. 11.

“Today is a disappointing day but we’re going to fight like we always do. My wife died seven years ago and the sun came up the next day. The sun will come up tomorrow and we’ll go back to work. Nobody is going to cry for us. Tennessee isn’t going to feel bad for us,” Zimmer said.

The Vikings host the Los Angeles Rams in their final preseason game Thursday night, though Bridgewater and most of the starters were not expected to play.

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  1. Tim says:

    Go figure, now they will need to find a real QB.

  2. memphisgrass says:

    You can’t make this stuff up.

  3. Steven Cross says:

    Let’s face teddy was never a ben rothelsburger type who could crash a motorcycle into a wall knock out all his teeth and get up and still play…fragile is as fragile does…time to look for a man-up type of guy for qb…oh that’s in next year’s drafts cause the vikings fogot…oh I forgot…four head coaches and people still have not learned it’s quality not quanity…I saw this one coming a mile away.

  4. NonLib says:

    I heard they had not manicured the turf properly and a blade of grass was 1/4″ to tall and he fell.
    So much crying ……

  5. Jesus F**king Christ……………….

  6. John Random says:

    Geez people cut the kid some slack…. you can’t ask for a better role model and that’s hard to find in pro sports now days…, yes he may be fragile but if this is serious and he is out all year this is a huge loss. He was looking very good in practice and his time in pre-season #3.

  7. Theblacksun annunaki says:

    Srry to hear this horrible news get well teddy ….a packer fan here wishing you the best

  8. mike o says:

    Why hell let’s call up Favre he.s the last quarterack we have had since Tarkenton. We build A fancy new play pen for A team that has depth everywhere but quarterback. I know that I am not alone whenI say teddy is not the answer. I still think We could find someone better to lead this team no long ball and mediokre timeing will not cut it in pro football. You can not have A runing game withut A passing game.

  9. PLEASE, stop the talk about bringing in Micheal Vick, which WCCO radio was bringing up in Sports Huddle tonight. Vick, a psychopath who spent years fighting dogs and laughing as the weak ones were electrocuted, is a disgrace to the NFL and any team that hires him. If the Vikings bring him on, I will never, ever spend a nickel of my money to buy anything related to the Vikings.

    Yeah, yeah, I know, he “served his time.” Right. A couple of years in the slammer and then hired back into the NFL at millions of dollars per year. I wish we lived in a world where kids could look up to and admire prominent athletes, but money is apparently more important to the NFL than something as lofty as having players we can look up to as role models. Vick is a scourge on the NFL, and they should be ashamed they ever let him back on any field, anywhere.

  10. faithfulliberal says:

    PLEASE, stop the talk about bringing in Micheal Vick, which WCCO radio was bringing up in Sports Huddle tonight. Vick, a psychopath who spent years fighting dogs and laughing as the weak ones were electrocuted, is a disgrace to the NFL and any team that hires him. If the Vikings bring him on, I will never, ever spend a nickel of my money to buy anything related to the Vikings.

    Yeah, yeah, I know, he “served his time.” Right. A couple of years in the slammer and then hired back into the NFL at millions of dollars per year. I wish we lived in a world where kids could look up to and admire prominent athletes, but money is apparently more important to the NFL than something as lofty as having players we can look up to as role models. Vick is a scourge on the NFL, and they should be ashamed they ever let him back on any field, anywhere.

    1. memphisgrass says:

      Hey what do you think of bringing in Micheal Vick?

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