Teddy Bridgewater Injury: Updates on Vikings Star's Recovery from Knee Surgery

Alec NathanFeatured Columnist

SEATTLE, WA - AUGUST 18:  Quarterback Teddy Bridgewater #5 of the Minnesota Vikings warms up prior to the preseason game against the Seattle Seahawks at CenturyLink Field on August 18, 2016 in Seattle, Washington.  (Photo by Otto Greule Jr/Getty Images)
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Minnesota Vikings quarterback Teddy Bridgewater suffered a non-contact injury to his left knee during an Aug. 30 practice, tearing his ACL and dislocating his knee. He has been placed on injured reserve and underwent surgery.

Continue for updates.


Bridgewater Underwent Surgery

Friday, Sept. 9

The Vikings released a statement on Bridgewater's surgery from head athletic trainer Eric Sugarman:

Bridgewater had his left knee surgically repaired yesterday. The procedure was performed by Dr. Dan Cooper at the Carrell Clinic in Dallas, TX. The knee dislocation resulted in Teddy needing a multi-ligament reconstruction. I was able to be present in Dallas, support Teddy and observe the entire procedure. The repair was excellent and gives Teddy every reason to be very optimistic. Teddy already began the rehab process yesterday, will return to Minnesota to continue on the road to recovery very soon and looks forward to getting back on the field.


Spielman Comments on Bridgewater's Recovery

Monday, Sept. 5

Vikings general manager Rick Spielman talked to Peter King of The MMQB about the team's trade for Sam Bradford, saying, "What really was significant for us was the second year of the contract with Sam. No one knows how long it’s going to take [Bridgewater] to recover."


Bridgewater Comments on Recovery 

Thursday, Sept. 1

Ian Rapoport of NFL Network provided a statement from Bridgewater:


Bridgewater Released from Hospital 

Thursday, Sept. 1 

Bridgewater's adviser, Abe Elam, said Bridgewater is out of the hospital, per Tom Pelissero of USA Today.


Bridgewater Placed on IR

Wednesday, Aug. 31

The Vikings announced that they've re-signed quarterback Brad Sorensen to take Bridgewater's place on the active roster.


Bridgewater's Diagnosis Revealed 

Wednesday, Aug. 31

The Vikings released a statement on Aug. 30 announcing the extent of Bridgewater's injuries:

[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.

Sportswriter Will Carroll cited a source who said Vikings trainers "may have saved his leg and career by quick action."


Zimmer Comments on Bridgewater's Status 

Tuesday, Aug. 30 

Vikings head coach Mike Zimmer said there is no timetable for Bridgewater's return, though it's possible he will be ruled out for the season, per Rapoport. Zimmer said Bridgewater's chances of playing don't "look good right now," per Gregg Rosenthal of NFL.com. 

Zimmer called Bridgewater's knee injury "significant" and said the quarterback is still undergoing tests at the hospital, according to Pelissero.

KARE 11 provided footage from Zimmer's press conference:


Bridgewater Taken Away in Ambulance

Tuesday, Aug. 30

According to Brian Murphy of the Pioneer Press, Bridgewater fell down in the pocket and grabbed his left knee. Murphy reported that players "freaked out, swearing and praying."

ESPN.com's Ben Goessling reported the injury occurred on a non-contact play and that practice was immediately called off. Murphy later reported an ambulance arrived at the facility. Bridgewater's injury was called in as a dislocated knee, according to Matt Vensel of the Star Tribune.

According to Howard Eskin of Fox 29 Philadelphia, an eye witness said Bridgewater's "leg snapped and his knee was flailing around."


Bridgewater's Absence Is Crushing Blow to Vikings

Bridgewater also nursed a sore shoulder during training camp that forced him to miss the team's second preseason game, but the injury proved to be minor. 

Since then, Bridgewater has looked sharp in preseason action a year after tossing a meager 14 touchdowns against nine interceptions. 

To put that 2015 scoring tally in perspective, Bridgewater became just the 14th quarterback since 2000 to start all 16 games and throw for fewer than 15 touchdowns. 

Bridgewater was entering his third NFL campaign with a Vikings offense that boasts dynamic receiving threats such as Stefon Diggs, Charles Johnson, rookie Laquon Treadwell and tight end Kyle Rudolph.