Vikings starting quarterback Teddy Bridgewater tore his ACL at practice on Tuesday, the team has announced. He’s scheduled to have surgery in the coming days and the recovery time “will be significant.”
Here’s the complete statement of head athletic trainer Eric Sugarman released by the Vikings:
“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.”
After Bridgewater hit the turf, the team immediately stopped practice as trainers rushed to Bridgewater’s aid. His teammates began swearing and praying. Roughly 10 minutes later, an ambulance showed up.
Shaun Hill, 36, is Bridgewater’s backup. He last started an NFL game during the 2014 season when he was with the Rams. The Vikings will likely consider candidates outside the organization, but the reality is that, with the season less then two weeks away, Hill remains their best option.
During a press conference shortly after Bridgewater was injured, coach Mike Zimmer admitted that losing his starting quarterback was difficult, but that the team would persevere.
“We’ll get back in here tomorrow and we’ll get back to work,” Zimmer said. “We’re not going to stick our heads in the sand. We’re not going to go tuck our legs. We’re not looking for excuses. We’re going to fight like we always do. We have some great football players on this team and we’ll figure out ways to win football games if he’s not here and that’s what we’re going to do. …
“My wife passed away seven years ago and it was a tough day, but the sun still came up the next day.”
For now, this is Hill’s team.
“I have confidence in Shaun,” Zimmer said. “I think he’s played great this preseason. He’s been in two-minute drills. He’s done a phenomenal job. The thing we have to remember is this is about the team, this isn’t a one-man deal. … We have a good team. We have a good defense team. Our offensive line is much better. We have good receivers, maybe the best running back in the NFL. So this is about a team and us trying to figure out how to win football games.”
So what’s next?
“That’s our job: to find a way,” Zimmer continued. “No one is going to feel sorry for us. No one is going to cry — the Tennessee Titans or the Green Bay Packers, we can go down the schedule. … I’m not going to let this team feel sorry for us. We can talk all we want but we got guys in that locker room right now … I’ll take them with me in an alley anywhere.”
Source: CBS Sports / Teddy Bridgewater has torn ACL, recovery time ‘will be significant’