While all season-ending injuries are sobering, there was something about Minnesota Vikings quarterback Teddy Bridgewater’s that stunk just a bit more than all the rest.
In a scene that was described as scary and frightening, Bridgewater suffered a serious leg injury during a non-contact drill at practice on Tuesday. Immediately following the injury, Vikings head coach Mike Zimmer cancelled practice.
Bridgewater was diagnosed with a torn ACL and dislocated knee as well. A statement from Vikings head trainer Eric Sugarman explained Bridgewater’s injury:
“Teddy Bridgewater suffered a non-contact injury today at practice,” said Sugarman. “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.”
There’s no question that Bridgewater is looking at a lengthy rehab after such a gruesome injury.
Prayers and well-wishes trickled in quickly from around the league:
Here’s hoping Bridgewater returns to the field as good as new in 2017.