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Mike Zimmer On Teddy Bridgewater Injury: It is Possible This Is Season Ending

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.

“Today Teddy suffered a significant knee injury, we don’t know the extent of it yet,” Zimmer said upon getting in front of the media.

“Eric Sugarman will release all of the details of what he had done or what the injury was,” Zimmer elaborated.

“It was a non-contact thing, from what it looked like to me,” he confirmed. “It was a freaky deal.”

When asked if the injury was potentially season-ending, Zimmer simply told the press it is possible, and confirmed that it is not looking good.

“We’re not looking for excuses,” Zimmer said of the season ahead. “We’re going to go out and fight like we always do.”

[pull_quote_center]Everyone can count us out if they want, but I think that would be the wrong thing to do.[/pull_quote_center]

The situation has Vikings fans and analysts scrambling to suggest solutions, which has included names like Michael Vick, in what is an all-too-familiar thing to do when your franchise is absent of a franchise quarterback.

Zimmer expressed confidence in backup quarterback Shaun Hill, but there is little doubt that Rick Spielman would like to have a better option on the depth chart than that, and may indeed have to look outside the organization for a solution. The task will not be easy considering September is just two days away.

Here is hoping, however, that the absence is temporary in nature and that Bridgewater comes out of this whole ordeal with the abilities to lead this football team to greatness that many of us already thought he had.

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M.Panosh
M.Panosh
4 years ago

They better go get Kap. !!! Just do it baby !!! 😉

WTFVikesFan
WTFVikesFan
Reply to  M.Panosh
4 years ago

NO F***ING WAY!!!!! I would never cheer for the Vikings again if they did that.

WTFVikesFan
WTFVikesFan
Reply to  WTFVikesFan
4 years ago

Kap has lost over 40 pounds of muscle. He has no strength left. He had 3 surgeries in the off season.

Skool
4 years ago

I’d rather stick with what we got than that disrespectful baby kap

AKsotan14
AKsotan14
4 years ago

This is such a horrible day. Especially after the rebound from last week and Teddy looking so good. Not good to hear he was sedated. My medical experience points towards a fracture or dislocation, or possibly both. Very sad, I hope he can return.

Dre
Dre
4 years ago

This feeling right now is exactly how it felt with that missed chip shot FG last year. There goes the season. It’s always something when you’re a life long Vikings fan. FML

Ole
Ole
Reply to  Dre
4 years ago

You gotta admit ‘dre, this news is more depressing than Mo’s bowling scores

WTFVikesFan
WTFVikesFan
4 years ago

Mark Rosen said that players where saying Teddy’s leg was going in a direction it isn’t suppose to go. This isn’t good. Teddy heal fast.

WTFVikesFan
WTFVikesFan
4 years ago

Vikings just need a game manager with the defense they have.

Matt Russ
Matt Russ
4 years ago

This conjures up images of Dick Vermeil’s finest hour as a new Rams coach after Trent Green went down late in the preseason. Who could forget his “we will rally around Kurt Warner” speech. Our situation is eerily familiar, here’s hoping the results are the same. I can see why Patriots draft a QB bout every year.

Fran the Man
Fran the Man
4 years ago

Disaster. I had never been so optimistic about the Vikings as I was this year (And looking forward to the next several years.) But, after being a Vikings fan since the very beginning, I am not surprised. Although I do not know the extent of the injury, I have bad feeling he will be lucky to make it back onto the field next season. I feel so bad for Teddy Bridgewater.

WTFVikesFan
WTFVikesFan
4 years ago

Sounds like it is a dislocated knee. Hopefully he didn’t tear anything. He might be back this year. Dislocated knee takes 6-8 weeks to heal. May need a brace afterwards.

http://www.foxsports.com/nfl/story/minnesota-vikings-qb-teddy-bridgewater-injury-911-call-dislocated-knee-083016

Fran the Man
Fran the Man
Reply to  WTFVikesFan
4 years ago

Completely torn ACL AND a dislocated knee. Long road to recovery.

WTFVikesFan
WTFVikesFan
Reply to  Fran the Man
4 years ago

That sucks. Get Peyton on the phone see if he is tired of doing commercials

aussie61
Reply to  WTFVikesFan
4 years ago

According to Pro Football Talk,Peyton is just fine with retirement.

CalVkg
CalVkg
4 years ago

for crissakes! what is it with our luck

best wishes to teddy

CalVkg
CalVkg
4 years ago

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.

Dan T.
Dan T.
4 years ago

Wishing Teddy a speedy recovery, hopefully the guys can rally. What a hand to be dealt after getting through the third preseason game without anything major happening. Non-contact practice injury.

ccarterhof
ccarterhof
4 years ago

Tough news, makes me sick. Good thing Zim is a tough coach. Like he said, ” we’re not going to hang our heads. Nobody’s gonna feel sorry for us.”

We need the leaders of the team to be…leaders.

ccarterhof
ccarterhof
4 years ago

Hang in there Teddy, get well soon.

WTFVikesFan
WTFVikesFan
4 years ago

I wonder how many wide receivers it would take to get Carson Wentz from the Eagles?

ccarterhof
ccarterhof
4 years ago

Seems like the only realistic options are-
TJ Yates. But he’s coming off a torn ACL back in December.
Mike Glennon
Josh McCown
Mark Sanchez
Kaepernick

Geez…
Yates? Don’t know if he’s ready. Maybe Glennon? That’s the only 2 I’d consider.
Looks like we have no choice but to go with Hill, maybe one of those as his back-up.
Heard Heinicke is 2 weeks ahead of schedule and may be practicing in 3 weeks.
What a mess.
“Hello…Brett! Hey, uh, this is Rick….”

Ole
Ole
Reply to  ccarterhof
4 years ago

there is one other option CCarter

He’s tanned. He’s rested. He’s ready. Put in the call……
It’s Jeff Dugan Time!

aussie61
Reply to  ccarterhof
4 years ago

I’m thinking the same CC.I like the Glennon option but getting Tampa to part with him won’t be easy.
Sanchez isn’t exactly the worst option,after all he did lead the Jets to playoff appearances with a team that ran the ball well and had a very good defence.Sound familiar?
Also,the Vikes have just re signed Sorenson,but I expect that’s just to keep other teams from grabbing him until the front office has a chance to take stock and figure out the best approach to this situation.

Fran the Man
Fran the Man
Reply to  ccarterhof
4 years ago

What a mess indeed. If it wasn’t for bad luck, and I mean REAL bad luck, there wouldn’t be the Minnesota Vikings. SKOL Teddy! Get well soon.

aussie61
Reply to  ccarterhof
4 years ago

Mettenberger has been cut.Get on the phone Rick.

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