Thursday, August 17, 2017

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Michael Vick Visiting Minnesota Vikings

The Minnesota Vikings are expected to host quarterback Michael Vick to a visit at Winter Park on Thursday according to football writer, and friend of the site, Ryan Boser.

Our full disclosure is that we do not have any confirmation at this time, other than the fact that Boser sounds extremely confident and we know him to be someone that wouldn’t mess around with this sort of thing. Also, the move makes a certain amount of sense, even if it is likely to draw plenty of criticism from the masses.

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It’s tough today, but tomorrow the sun — my wife passed away seven years ago, right, but the sun came up the next day, the world kept spinning and people kept going to work, and that’s what we’re going to do.

Mike Zimmer’s quote above came from August 30th’s press conference regarding Teddy Bridgewater’s knee injury that derails many of the plans the Vikings had in the works for 2016.

Now, however, it is the morning of August 31st and the sun has indeed made an appearance today.

As that sun shines on a Minnesota Vikings team preparing for their final preseason game, it reveals a talented young team that is still in the process of evaluating a roster that will surely yield many tough decisions in the coming days.

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We Expect Teddy to Make a Full Recovery
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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.

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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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