Saturday, May 27, 2017

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Mike Zimmer named one of NFL's Most Influential
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Today is a busy day at Winter Park and not in a good way. Upon the news breaking that Teddy Bridgewater suffered what seemed to be a major injury in practice, the Vikings also announced the release of respected veteran John Sullivan and a number of other players. Shortly after, at about 4:00 PM local time, head coach Mike Zimmer held a press conference on the Bridgewater injury situation.

The moment was a significant one as it will either mark the beginning of the end for a highly anticipated 2016 season, or define Zimmer’s ability to overcome adversity and rally his team to a successful outcome and Coach of the Year considerations. All of that depends, of course, on how this team weathers the storm.

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Vikings Release John Sullivan
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Following an abrupt injury to Teddy Bridgewater, the Minnesota Vikings announced the final five moves to get the roster to 75 players. Yesterday’s list was filled with practice squad candidates and undrafted free agents, but today’s release includes a few notable names.

Veteran center John Sullivan, who was reportedly being shopped by the team, has been released. General manager Rick Spielman shared a statement on the 31-year-old center, who spent eight seasons in Minnesota following his sixth-round selection in the 2008 NFL Draft.

“Our entire organization appreciates everything that John Sullivan has done for this franchise. Sullivan led our team, not only with how he played the game, but also with how he handled himself in our community. We wish John Sullivan and his family nothing but the best as they move forward.”

Before two back injuries derailed his 2015 season, Sullivan had started 93 games for the Vikings and was a cog in the middle of the offensive line. He battled with Joe Berger for starting duties this preseason, but fell short in his comeback efforts. Berger started Sunday’s game against the San Diego Chargers, solidifying his place as the team’s starter for the foreseeable future.

Outside of his contributions on the field, Sullivan was named Vikings Community Man of the Year in 2013 and remained active in multiple charities.

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Teddy Bridgewater Injury
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It’s a dark day for Minnesota Vikings fans as Teddy Bridgewater suffered what appeared to be a serious non-contact knee injury Tuesday at practice. Serious enough that an ambulance was called in and practice was cancelled after only 25 minutes. Sam Ekstrom (@SamEkstrom) phoned in from Winter Park to give us the details on the the ground and I examine how the Vikings quarterback position (Shaun Hill, Taylor Heinicke, Free Agent TBD), the offense, and overall season outlook shifts with Teddy out.

All that and other “Dammit” chatter on this edition of the Purple FTW! Podcast!

An Andy Carlson Joint

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Teddy Bridgewater Injured at Vikings Practice
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Luck has seemingly run out for the Minnesota Vikings. Reports from multiple media members at Tuesday’s practice indicate a potentially serious injury for quarterback Teddy Bridgewater. According to those in attendance, Bridgewater crumpled to the crowd twenty minutes into practice, effectively ending the session.

Trainers rushed to Bridgewater’s side and immediately checked on his leg. Sam Ekstrom reported that Bridgewater’s teammates reacted with “swearing” and the “slamming of helmets,” a sign that the non-contact injury could be of the season-ending variety. It’s too early to confirm, but an ambulance arrived shortly after the incident and Mike Zimmer will reportedly speak to the media soon, per Matt Vensel.

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