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    Teddy Bridgewater Suffers Significant Injury

    Vikings QB Teddy Bridgewater dislocates knee, tears ACL in drill

    Ben Goessling
    ESPN Staff Writer

    EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn. -- Minnesota Vikings quarterback Teddy Bridgewater suffered a dislocated knee and a torn ACL when he went down during a noncontact drill at practice Tuesday, ending his 2016 season.

    "Teddy suffered a complete tear to his ACL and other structural damage," the team said in a statement Tuesday evening after Bridgewater underwent an MRI. "Fortunately, there appears to be no nerve or arterial damage."

    Bridgewater dropped back to pass during a drill, planted his foot and immediately went down. Trainers rushed to his side and began inflating an aircast, and the quarterback appeared to be holding his left leg.

    Several players threw their helmets and shouted expletives as they scattered, and many simultaneously dropped to one knee in prayer. Moments later, a siren-blaring ambulance pulled into the team's Winter Park headquarters, stayed for about 10 minutes and then pulled away.

    The team called off Tuesday's practice -- its last of the preseason -- after Bridgewater was injured.

    Vikings coach Mike Zimmer said he briefly spoke with Bridgewater after the injury and said he told the 23-year-old, "Hang in there. We're with him. Hope for the best."

    Bridgewater was still on the practice field grass as the team's public relations staff ushered reporters from the premises.

    "Today is a disappointing day. ... The No. 1 thing is Teddy is such a great kid," Zimmer said. "Everyone loves him."

    Players were visibly distraught as they exited the field, and Zimmer said he spoke with the team prior to addressing the media.

    "We're gonna grieve today and be upset about it," Zimmer told reporters. "It's more about our feelings for Teddy and for him as a person and getting better than it is about anything else. Teddy's a great kid, and he'll be back as soon as he possibly can, if it is real bad. But we're going to keep fighting."

    There is little behind Bridgewater on the depth chart. Shaun Hill is the primary backup, but he's 36 years old and has played only sparingly over the past five years.

    "I have confidence in Shaun. I think he's played great this preseason," Zimmer said. "The thing we all have to remember is this is about the team. We have a good team."

    Bridgewater is entering his third season in the NFL, and the Vikings were counting on him to take 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 they expect him to be much more of a playmaker in 2016.

    Bridgewater missed the second preseason game because of a sore shoulder but was sharp Sunday against San Diego. He went 12-for-16 for 161 yards and a touchdown in two quarters, which left Vikings players and fans confident as the team started to prepare for the season opener Sept. 11 at Tennessee.

    The Vikings said Bridgewater is expected to make a full recovery.

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    What a shame. Bridewater had been playing really well this preseason from the little bit I saw.

    It'll be interesting to see what the Vikings do. Do they find a free agent, trade for another teams back up or ride with what they have. I've heard names like Yates, McCown, Foles and Vick, to name a few, being thrown out there as possible pick ups. Hard to get to excited.

    The season just took a horrible turn.

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    Yeah, it does suck but this is what we expect as Vikings fans. Until something wonderful happens, we'll keep looking for the ball to bounce into the cowpile, won't we?

    I wish we could get Mike Glennon from Tampa. He's really perfect for what we need. He's an experienced but young vet who has had some success, he's got a good arm and can throw it downfield, he needs a fresh start, he will try his best to compete for the starting job even when Teddy returns next season, and at worst will be the perfect backup for a somewhat fragile young QB who will likely miss time in the future (seriously, when you look at those skinny legs, is your confidence in his resiliency shaken or what?). It couldn't take a lot to get him, maybe a 4th or 5th round pick.

    What are the other options? Kaep? Oh brother, I hope not. Talk about attention on the Vikings for all the wrong reasons. I don't think Zimmer would put up with the headache for a below average QB anyway. Foles is an interesting option but I think KC will keep him and let one of their other two go (Aaron Murray and Tyler Bray). Vick? Doesn't fit anything other than win this season, but I wouldn't rule it out. McCown isn't a bad idea, sort of a more athletic Shaun Hill.

    They will do something but what......

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    Yeah it really does suck. I feel so bad for Teddy Bridgewater. That was a horrific knee injury. I know it's been said the Vikings are expecting a 'full' recovery but I truly have a hard time believing he will ever be as mobile as he was before the injury. I haven't heard any estimates from the Vikings about how long they expect him to be out but I'd be surprised if it is less than 12 months.

    If there is one thing that the Vikings have on their side it's their trainer Eric Sugarman. According to reports his handling of the Bridgewater injury when it first occurred prevented injury to his blood vessels and damage to his nerves. I wonder how many other trainers would have called for an ambulance as quickly as he did. I really believe he had a lot to do with Adrian coming back as early as he did from his ACL. Rhett Ellison has been activated after sustaining a nasty patellar tendon injury in the playoffs in January. That is a tough injury to come back from and Ellison is ahead of schedule.

    As for a backup QB ... I'm partial to Foles or Glennon. Lets face it that injury to Bridgewater is so bad that there's a chance he might never recover. So I think if the Vikings are going to trade for a QB get a guy that has some experience and is still young enough to possibly be developed into your QB of the future. Foles or Glennon fit the bill and along with Taylor Heinicke can at least give the Vikings some prospects for the future. The Vikings were very close to signing Foles when the Rams released him before he decided to join the Chiefs. Hind sight is 20-20 but I'll bet Foles is kicking himself for not choosing the Vikings when he had the opportunity.

    No getting around it at this point Shaun Hill is our new starting QB. I personally can't see Hill making it through the season without getting injured along the way. Hopefully we can get a backup QB with some promise that can step in if Hill falters.

    Good luck Teddy Bridgewater ... hope you have a full recovery ... you'll be missed.

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    hi guyz i haven't dropped in for yrs but the situation brought me back here.
    it was a horrible tragedy , one which we Eagles fans know well , randall cunningham went down the first game of the 1990 season , the team never recovered that yr despite the fact the their defense was rated #1 overall and both #1 against the run and pass . that was their best shot at a super bowl with randall.
    with that being said , sam bradford is a very good qb ; how long his adjustment period in minny will be is unknown , but, if given protection, he is deadly accurate and gets the ball off quickly . i like him and hope he does well .
    good luck guyz
    PS - i was upset at that missed fg too !
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    Thanks Talon.

    I've been in a state of shock since Saturday. I never thought Spielman would part with a number one, but he obviously felt that he had no choice. I've always liked Bradford. The thing that surprised me is that he's still only 28 years old. So if Teddy never does recover from that terrible knee injury, Bradford could be the long term answer to the Vikings' QB situation.

    I don't know if you had a chance to read the MMQB article about how the trade went down but here's a link to the story:

    http://mmqb.si.com/mmqb/2016/09/04/s...hia-eagles-nfl

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    yes i did , those two are very close .
    it will work out for you , don't worry .
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