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.
According to Vikings.com Vikings head coach Mike Zimmer said, “We’ll get back in here tomorrow and get back to work. 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.”
Bridgewater was hurt during a passing drill and trainers immediately rushed to his aid. According to Fox Sports A 911 call made from the Vikings’ Winter Park facility identifies the injury as a “dislocated knee”; you can listen to the call in the media player above.
The Vikings will take the field for their final preseason game against the Rams Thursday night and then prepare for their season opener at Tennessee on Sept. 11. Zimmer said the team will take the time to grieve – “it’s more about our feelings for Teddy and him as a person and getting better than it is about anything else” – before getting back to business tomorrow.
36-year old Shaun Hill and Joel Stave are currently the only QB’s on the Vikings active roster. Taylor Heinicke is listed on the active/non-football injury list on the Viking roster.
Statement from Vikings Director of Sports Medicine and Head Athletic Trainer Eric Sugarman on Teddy Bridgewater:
“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.”