According to a recent report from Bleacher Report’s Jason Cole, Minnesota Vikings quarterback Teddy Bridgewater will likely miss the entire 2017 season.
Bridgewater suffered a catastrophic knee injury a week before the 2016 season opener. The injury, sustained on a non-contact play during a normal practice session, included a torn ACL and a full knee dislocation. Fortunately for Bridgewater, the injury did not result in nerve damage to the knee, which could have been worse for the quarterback’s long-term playing prospects.
In the video published by Bleacher Report, Cole reported:
“Doctors told the team that the shortest recovery time for that type of injury has been 19 months. Based on that timeline, Bridgewater won’t be recovered until March 2018 in the best case scenario.”
Cole’s reports haven’t always been 100 percent accurate, but this news nonetheless represents the first timetable on which Bridgewater’s recovery can be measured. Prior to Cole’s report, any timetable for Bridgewater’s return to the huddle had been pure speculation.
Given the severity of Bridgewater’s injury, most fans, media members, and analysts weren’t optimistic on Teddy’s chances to play in 2017. Thus, Cole’s reporting in the video probably isn’t news to a ton of readers and likely explains why general manager Rick Spielman pulled the trigger on the trade for Sam Bradford that sent the team’s 2017 first round pick to Philadelphia.
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Spielman and the Vikings front office will eventually face an important decision regarding the future of the quarterback position. But for now, the Vikings are set to ride into the offseason with Bradford following his excellent debut season in purple and gold. As Sam Neumann noted last month, Bradford appears poised to start for Minnesota when the 2017 season begins.
In 28 career starts over the 2014 and 2015 seasons, Bridgewater has completed 64.9 percent of his passes for 6,150 yards and 28 touchdowns to 21 interceptions. Bradford’s 2016 campaign included a 71.6 completion percentage for 3,877 yards and 20 touchdowns to five interceptions.