Just 25 minutes into practice, Minnesota Vikings quarterback Teddy Bridgewater went down with a torn ACL and dislocated knee in one of the more horrific injuries we’ve heard described.
On Sunday NFL Countdown, Vikings head coach Mike Zimmer detailed why Minnesota made the move for Sam Bradford, as questions still remain on Bridgewater’s recovery:
The latest questions surrounding his return come after it was reported Bridgewater may never return to the field according to a report by ESPN’s Adam Schefter back in October, as transcribed by CBS.
“Teddy Bridgewater continues to rehab in Minnesota and he is making progress. Nearly two months after he dislocated his knee, Bridgewater is making strides and Vikings officials are pleased with where he’s at. But other doctors around the league know there are no guarantees Bridgewater will be able to return to the type of quarterback he was, if he makes it back to the NFL at all.
As one doctor who’s worked with NFL teams said this week, ‘If he didn’t make it back, it wouldn’t surprise me. This is a bad injury, about the worst knee injury a player can have.”
An ambulance was called to the Vikings practice facility when he was injured, and Bridgewater’s leg was reportedly flailing after his leg “snapped.” It was so bad that Bridgewater was reportedly sedated and head coach Mike Zimmer spoke with the quarterback’s mother “several” times, detailing the severity of the injury.
Apparently, the injury was so bad, Bridgewater could have lost his leg:
Original reports on the injury were horrendous:
In just his second season in the league, Bridgewater led the Vikings to the playoffs, where they suffered a chilly defeat to the Seattle Seahawks. The Vikings went 11-5, as Bridgewater game-managed Minnesota to 14 touchdowns through the air and nine interceptions.