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Teddy Bridgewater Injury: Updates on Vikings Star's Ankle and Return

Mike Chiari@mikechiariFeatured ColumnistSeptember 28, 2014

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Updates from Sunday, Oct. 12

The Vikings confirm Teddy Bridgewater is active for Week 6:

Minnesota Vikings @Vikings

Today's inactives. #DETvsMIN http://t.co/hYSbay6iAg

Updates from Friday, Oct. 10

Matt Vensel of The Minneapolis Star-Tribune has the latest on Bridgewater:

Matt Vensel @mattvensel

Harrison Smith is listed as questionable for Sunday and Chad Greenway is doubtful. Teddy Bridgewater, Cordarrelle Patterson are probable.

Updates from Wednesday, Oct. 8 

Pro Football Talk provides comments from Teddy Bridgewater, who spoke about his Week 6 status: 

ProFootballTalk @ProFootballTalk

Teddy Bridgewater: I'll be full speed on Sunday http://t.co/ou5LiBiePb

Updates from Tuesday, Oct. 7

Chris Tomasson of the Pioneer Press (St. Paul) reported what he saw from Teddy Bridgewater at Vikings practice:

Chris Tomasson @christomasson

Bridgewater back at practice greenway still out

Chris Tomasson @christomasson

Teddy bridgewater looked fine to me throwing after ankle injury

Updates from Friday, Oct. 3

ESPN.com's Ben Goessling passes along Bridgewater's thoughts on his injury following the Vikings' blowout loss on Thursday night:

If the Minnesota Vikings had played the Green Bay Packers on Sunday instead of Thursday, quarterback Teddy Bridgewater said, he would have been ready to come back from a sprained left ankle. ...

... The quarterback said he has 'no doubt at all' he will be healthy enough to start Oct. 12 against the Detroit Lions, and coach Mike Zimmer said the Vikings plan to start Bridgewater in that game.

Bridgewater also told reporters that the decision to sit hadn't been his, per Goessling:

'It was a decision that Coach [Zimmer] made, and they felt it was best for the team and felt it was best for me,' Bridgewater said.

Bridgewater said he couldn't remember at what point during the day Zimmer made the decision to start Ponder instead of him, but the players didn't seem terribly surprised by the move after the Vikings spent the week preparing for Ponder to start.

Updates from Thursday, Oct. 2

Chris Tomasson of the St. Paul Pioneer Press has the latest on Bridgewater:

Chris Tomasson @christomasson

Zimmer said teddy back for Detroit

The Vikings confirmed that Teddy Bridgewater is inactive for Thursday's game vs. Green Bay:

Minnesota Vikings @Vikings

Tonight's inactives. #MINvsGB #TNF http://t.co/1cQun91WsL

Ian Rapoport of NFL.com reported Bridgewater's status and how close he was to playing:

Ian Rapoport @RapSheet

If the #Vikings played the #Packers on Sunday, the QB would be Teddy Bridgewater. Instead, today is Thursday, per source, and it’s Ponder

Bleacher Report's Will Carroll broke down Bridgewater's status for Thursday night's game earlier in the day:

Updates from Wednesday, Oct. 1 

Chris Wesseling of Around the NFL provides an update on Teddy Bridgewater's status:

"Teddy Bridgewater has been in the playbook hard all week. You have to have a few scenarios ready if he can't go," Zimmer said. "We will see how (he's) doing tomorrow. ... It's a long season so we don't want to put him at risk."

The Vikings hope Bridgewater can participate in Wednesday's jog through, but it sounds like we won't have a good read on his status until close to game time on Thursday.

Around the NFL provides more details on Bridgewater's status:

Around The NFL @AroundTheNFL

Looking like a game-time decision RT @AndrewSiciliano: Teddy Bridgewater officially limited today and questionable for tomorrow night.

Updates from Tuesday, Sept. 30

Ben Goessling of ESPN has an update on Teddy Bridgewater's status:

Ben Goessling @GoesslingStrib

Bridgewater doing "much better," Zimmer said. He'll do more rehab today.

Ben Goessling @GoesslingStrib

Bridgewater will get more mental reps than actual reps today, Zimmer said. Tomorrow's practice is a jog-through.

Chris Tomasson of the St. Paul Pioneer-Press added more:

Chris Tomasson @christomasson

Zimmer said no official time as to when final decision to be made on teddy

Updates from Monday, Sept. 29

Chris Tomasson of the St. Paul Pioneer Press had more on Teddy Bridgewater's status from practice:

Chris Tomasson @christomasson

Teddy Bridgewater not practicing. Also not practicing Greenway, Rudolph and Captain Munnerlyn

Ben Goessling of ESPN shared comments from head coach Mike Zimmer on Bridgewater's injured ankle:

Ben Goessling @GoesslingStrib

Zimmer: Teddy's MRI came back clean. He's doing a lot better today. Hopeful he'll play Thursday.

Earlier, ESPN's Adam Schefter reports the Minnesota Vikings will sign a quarterback to the practice squad following Bridgewater's ankle sprain:

Adam Schefter @AdamSchefter

With Teddy Bridgewater nursing ankle injury and Vikings needing another QB for practice, team is signing Chandler Harnish to practice squad.

Original Text

After making quarterback Teddy Bridgewater the 32nd overall pick in the 2014 NFL draft, the Minnesota Vikings had high hopes. Those hopes have since been put on hold, however, in the wake of Bridgewater suffering an ankle injury in his first career NFL start against Atlanta.    

The Vikings confirmed Bridgewater's injury:

Vikings PR @VikingsPR

QB Teddy Bridgewater is questionable to return with an ankle injury. Went in for an X-ray.

Bleacher Report NFL passed along an image of Bridgewater heading to the locker room on a cart:

Bleacher Report NFL @BR_NFL

Teddy Bridgewater goes out with an ankle injury. Ponder time. http://t.co/5SVh9I8Rpl

Ben Goessling of ESPN shared more from the game on Bridgewater's condition:

Following his return to the sideline, KFAN 1003 provided an update following the x-ray:

KFAN1003 @KFAN1003

Teddy--Xrays negative. Just a sprain. No structural damage.

Coach Mike Zimmer commented on the injury after the game via Goessling: 

Ben Goessling @GoesslingStrib

Zimmer: Bridgewater will get a MRI on his ankle, but "I told him he's fine."

It is unclear how serious Bridgewater's injury might potentially be, but Vikings fans and personnel have to be worried regardless since Bridgewater is viewed as a huge part of the team's present and future success.

Dave Siebert, M.D., of Bleacher Report provided his take on Bridgewater's ankle injury: 

Dave Siebert, MD @DaveMSiebert

If nothing else, the negative X-rays for Teddy Bridgewater are reassuring against a fracture or a severe high-ankle sprain.

Dave Siebert, MD @DaveMSiebert

Found the clip of Teddy Bridgewater's ankle injury. Definitely some concern for a high-ankle mechanism. MRI will clarify extent of damage.

Coming out of college, the Louisville product was initially considered a likely candidate to be taken No. 1 overall by the Houston Texans. Bridgewater's stock dropped due to a poor pro day performance, though, which caused him to slip to the very bottom of the first round.

That prompted the Vikes to trade back into the first round, select Bridgewater and anoint him the potential savior. Matt Cassel beat him out for the starting job prior to Week 1, but a foot injury thrust the rookie into the starting role beginning in Week 4, per ESPN's Adam Schefter:

Adam Schefter @AdamSchefter

And with Vikings QB Matt Cassel breaking his foot, it's now Tedy Bridgewater's job in Minnesota.

Cassel's injury was so significant that he was placed on injured reserve, according to Tom Pelissero of USA Today, which signaled the commencement of the Bridgewater era in Minnesota:

Tom Pelissero @TomPelissero

#Vikings put Matt Cassel and Brandon Fusco on season-ending IR. Looks like it's the Teddy Bridgewater show for the next 13 games.

Leading up to the start of the 2014 season, Bridgewater received a great deal of praise from the Vikings organization. Perhaps his biggest supporter has been offensive coordinator Norv Turner. Per Louisville football's official Twitter account, Turner felt as though Bridgewater got acclimated to the NFL very quickly:

In fact, Turner went so far as to suggest that many teams missed out on an elite talent in the NFL draft. Turner believed that Bridgewater was a top prospect who slipped through the cracks, per Vikings.com, via NFL.com's Chris Wesseling.

"I think he probably should've gone in the first 10 picks," Turner said. "He probably should've gone at least in the first half of the first round, and then we're sitting there with an opportunity to get him when we did, it was a bonus to me."

Bridgewater has all the potential in the world, but his durability has actually been a concern since his time at Louisville.

Dealing with an injury is nothing new for Bridgewater as his late-season heroics for the Cardinals in 2012 came when he was banged up in a pretty significant way. Entering a game against Rutgers, which ultimately decided which team would represent the Big East in the BCS, Bridgewater nursed a broken non-throwing wrist as well as a sprained right ankle, per Andrea Adelson of ESPN.com.

Bridgewater was able to push through the pain as he led the Cardinals past the Scarlet Knights and into the Sugar Bowl. It remains to be seen if Bridgewater will be able to do something similar with the Vikings at the NFL level. He obviously has a pretty high pain threshold, but his current ailment could very well force him to miss some time.

NEW ORLEANS, LA - SEPTEMBER 21:  Teddy Bridgewater #5 of the Minnesota Vikings throws a pass against the New Orleans Saints during the third quarter of a game at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome on September 21, 2014 in New Orleans, Louisiana.  (Photo by Sean
Sean Gardner/Getty Images

Despite Bridgewater's ability to play through injuries, he took a preventative step prior to the 2013 collegiate season. According to ESPN's Joe Schad, Bridgewater took out a $10 million insurance policy in the event that he suffers a career-ending injury. Bridgewater was able to remain healthy throughout the 2013 campaign, but his injury issues have come into focus once again.

Although possibly losing Bridgewater is less than ideal, Minnesota is equipped to deal with it. The Vikings have another veteran backup in Christian Ponder who can step in and win some games if called upon.

Losing the rookie for now isn't the end of the world as long as it doesn't have any long-term implications on his health and development over the long haul. There was a lot of excitement surrounding Bridgewater this season, so the Vikings faithful are most definitely pulling for a quick and speedy recovery.

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