EDEN PRAIRIE, Minnesota — Minnesota Vikings quarterback Teddy Bridgewater suffered a significant knee injury in practice on Tuesday, August 30th. The injury caused the team to cut short its session after 25 minutes.
Bridgewater dropped back to pass during a drill when his right leg appeared to give out. Bridgewater immediately went down while concerned teammates and athletic trainers huddled around him.
Coach Mike Zimmer eventually called off practice, and the rest of the team walked off the field while Bridgewater was being attended to.
Vikings Director of Sports Medicine and Head Athletic Trainer Eric Sugarman said this on Tuesday evening:
"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."
There is little behind Bridgewater on the depth chart, with veteran Shaun Hill the primary backup. But Zimmer said that is not a reason to write off the season.
The Vikings host Los Angeles Rams in their final preseason game Thursday night.