Teddy Bridgewater suffered a knee injury at Vikings practice Tuesday afternoon and it will end his season. The Vikings announced that Bridgewater suffered a torn ACL and dislocated knee in a non-contact injury.
Here’s the statement from Vikings head athletic trainer Eric Sugarman.
“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.”
Head coach Mike Zimmer offered some perspective to the situation while chatting with reporters.
“Teddy is a great kid,” said Zimmer. “He’ll be back as soon as he possibly can be if it is real bad, but we’re going to keep fighting.”
The injury was severe enough for the Vikings to call off practice after just 25 minutes. They also called an ambulance to Winter Park to take Bridgewater to the hospital.
According to MPR News, as Bridgewater went back to pass his leg appeared to give out. Bridgewater went down immediately.
The Star Tribune notes that trainers rushed to Bridgewater’s side immediately, while some of his teammates huddled around him, others were visibly upset.
Here is some of the Twitter reaction.
We will keep you updated as more information comes out.