Time seemed to slow down when Teddy Bridgewater crumpled to the ground this afternoon. The Minnesota Vikings watched and waited as their quarterback was taken from Winter Park and rushed to Hennepin County Medical Center.
Nearly two hours after the incident, head coach Mike Zimmer took to the podium, labeling his Bridgewater’s injury as “significant” and casting doubt on his playing prospects this season. Although Zimmer couldn’t elaborate on the extent of the injury at the time, we now know exactly what happened when Bridgewater fell to the turf.
Vikings Director of Sports Medicine and Head Athletic Trainer Eric Sugarman released a statement this evening, explaining in detail the extent of Bridgewater’s injury:
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.