Vikings QB Bridgewater out for the season

Carla Harmon
September 1, 2016

Dr. Joe Greene has treated athletes with ACL injuries and he says former Louisville Cardinal Teddy Bridgewater has a long road ahead of him after tearing his ACL and dislocating his knee during the Minnesota Vikings practice on Tuesday.

The Minnesota Vikings suffered a big blow today when quarterback Teddy Bridgewater went down with a non-contact knee injury during practice. Vikings director of sports medicine and head athletic trainer Eric Sugarman noted that Bridgwater's is stable in the hospital and fortunately there were no artery or nerve damaged.

He is expected to undergo surgery in the next few days.

"Today is a disappointing day", Vikings coach Mike Zimmer said.

Zimmer said Bridgewater is having an MRI done on his leg and halted questioning about the hospital that was treating him.


The Vikings immediately stopped practice after 25 minutes and asked reporters to leave the field while medical personnel tended to Bridgewater.

Zimmer said he talked to Bill Parcells, and his dad in spirit, saying, "We'll find out a way to do it". "We're not looking for excuses".

Barring a trade or free-agent signing, the Vikings likely will go into their September 11 opener against the Titans with 36-year-old journeyman Shaun Hill at quarterback instead of Bridgewater.

Tuesday afternoon, Bridgewater, one of the rising stars in the National Football League, suffered a horrific knee injury. We got some great football players on this team.

"This isn't a one-man deal", Zimmer said. "This is about a team and us trying to figure out ways to win games".


"They probably would have reacted that way if it was anybody but me", Zimmer joked. "I think he's played great this preseason. I apologize to my family, teammates, Baylor University and our fans for my actions".

"I can go down the line", Zimmer said, "and I'll take them with me into an alley anywhere".

"It's not really an issue for us right now".

Bridgewater had an impressive season in 2015 leading the Vikings to the NFC North championship and into the post- season.

Teddy Bridgewater #5 of the Minnesota Vikings warms up before the game against the San Diego Chargers on August 28, 2016 at US Bank Stadium in Minneapolis, Minnesota.


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