Teddy Bridgewater makes statement, 'My purpose will not be denied'

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Teddy Bridgewater appears to be in good spirits just two days after a gruesome knee injury ended his season during Vikings practice on Tuesday.

USA Today's Tom Pelissero reports that Bridgewater is out of the hospital two days after tearing his ACL and dislocating his knee.

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Bridgewater issued his first statement since Tuesday's injury.

"I want to thank the Wilf Family and the entire Vikings organization, all of my teammates, friends, Eric Sugarman and the amazing Vikings athletic training staff and the fans who have sent me messages and wished me well. Your thoughts and prayers mean a lot to me and have helped me in this difficult time. There are great players and great leaders in our locker room who are going to fight to the end to reach the goals we set for 2016. I will be there mentally, physically and in spirit to support them accomplish those goals.

In order to have a testimony, you have to have a test. I come from amazing DNA, I watched my mom fight and win against breast cancer. We will, as a team, attack my rehab with the same vigor and energy. My faith is strong, my faith is unwavering and my vision is clear. My purpose will not be denied."

The Pioneer Press reports there has not been a surgery date set yet to repair Bridgewater's knee. Friends of Bridgewater's tell the newspaper doctors are waiting for swelling in the knee to go down.

That surgery could occur as soon as next week.

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