Teddy Bridgewater won’t be playing football any time soon. The official diagnosis came down from the Minnesota Vikings doctors on Tuesday night and the verdict is not good. Bridgewater suffered a torn ACL and a dislocation of his left knee during Tuesday’s practice as well as “other structural damage.” It’s going to be a long, exhausting rehab process for him to return to football.
Vikings director of sports medicine and head athletic trainer Eric Sugarman released the following statement about the quarterback’s injury:
Teddy Bridgewater suffered a non-contact injury today at practice. The injury was quickly identified as a dislocated knee. The injury was stabilized, and he was transported to a nearby hospital for treatment and evaluation. After undergoing an MRI, it was determined that Teddy suffered a complete tear to his ACL and other structural damage. Fortunately, there appears to be no nerve or arterial damage. Surgical repair will be scheduled within the next few days. Although the recovery time will be significant, we expect Teddy to make a full recovery. I would like to thank all of the medical professionals and our athletic training staff for all of their help today. Teddy has already displayed the attitude needed to overcome this injury and attack his rehab.
Bridgewater and the Vikings were a trendy pick to take a big leap forward this season, now the team will be moving on without him while he works to get back to 100 percent. The earliest anyone could hope to see him would be the start of the 2017 season, but that will depend on what the “other structural damage” is.
On a side note, the injury was reportedly gruesome and several of Bridgewater’s teammates actually threw up on the field: