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Bridgewater Out For Season with Torn ACL

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**UPDATE: 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.


Tuesday during Vikings‘ practice Teddy Bridgewater went down untouched, grabbing his knee. Coach Zimmer cancelled practice immediately as players crowded around Bridgewater, praying. Shortly after an ambulance arrived to cart him off the field.

During Tuesday’s press conference Coach Zimmer described the incident as a “significant knee injury” and when asked if he will play at all this season replied that “it doesn’t look good right now.” This season may be over before it even started for the Minnesota Vikings.

Moving Forward without Bridgewater

Barring an unlikely breakout season for journeyman quarterback Shaun Hill or below-average college quarterback Joel Stave, making the playoffs appears to be a long shot without Bridgewater. Despite one of the league’s best rosters, without Bridgewater at the helm to keep the defense honest, the opposition will be stacking the box, playing press coverage, and daring Shaun Hill to put his 36 year-old arm to the test.

Looking at their schedule, a 7-9 finish looks about right with Teddy Bridgewater out of the picture, with the hopes and dreams of a Minnesota sports team finally winning a few playoff games postponed yet another year.

“Next Man Up”

A mentality reiterated by coaches around the nation, but a lot harder to believe when it comes to the disproportionally important quarterback position, the Vikings turn to Shaun Hill to somehow, some way guide this offense during 2016.

In 2014 Hill started 8 games for the St. Louis Rams leading them to a 3-5 record during those games while compiling a QB rating of 83.9 and throwing 8 touchdowns with 7 interceptions. He knows the playbook and understands how to step up in the pocket, so maybe not all hope is lost (I mean at least he’s not Christian Ponder), but even flirting with a playoff spot at this point in time seems like a pipe dream.

Behind Hill, the Minnesota Vikings turn to Joel Stave who barely threw the ball during his college career at Wisconsin, but is at least capable of handing the ball off to Adrian Peterson.

Outside Talent

It would be a shame to see this season go wasted because of one bad injury, so the next logical idea would be to look to bring in some outside talent at the quarterback position. When asked about this in Tuesday‘s press conference, Zimmer said him and Rick Spielman “have been talking about picking up a veteran quarterback,” even before the injury.

One option would be backup quarterback for the Cleveland Browns, Josh McCown. Last year with the Browns he looked serviceable despite a lethargic supporting cast, posting a 93.3 quarterback rating.

Another option would be taking Colin Kaepernick off the hands of the San Francisco 49ers. National Anthem controversy aside, Kaepernick is a talented football player, only two years removed from a rock solid season, and would bring a dual threat to the Vikings quarterback position. Maybe a change of scenery would do him well.

The free agency cupboard looks bare, but if the Vikings can’t work out a trade the only feasible options would be Michael Vick or Matt Flynn.