Teddy Bridgewater, quarterback of the Minnesota Vikings, suffered a torn ACL and a dislocated knee during a practice session on Tuesday, per reports.
In what was a non-contact drill, the 23-year-old planted his foot while dropping back to make a pass. After being tended to be trainers and team doctors, Bridgewater was seen holding his left leg while grimacing in pain.
A few hours later, the Vikings announced the nature of Bridgewater’s injury via a team statement. “Teddy suffered a complete tear to his ACL and other structural damage. Fortunately, there appears to be no nerve or arterial damage.”
According to ESPN, “several players threw their helmets and shouted expletives as they scattered, and many simultaneously dropped to one knee in prayer.”
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After prematurely calling off Tuesday’s practice drill, Vikings coach Mike Zimmer said the team was praying for the young quarterback’s rapid recovery. “Hang in there. We’re with him. Hope for the best.”
“Today is a disappointing day. The No. 1 thing is Teddy is such a great kid. Everyone loves him,” added Zimmer, who spoke profoundly about Bridgewater’s likable attitude.
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The Vikings coach spoke to his team before addressing the media. With the new season set to get underway in a week, the Vikings aren’t the first team to lose their starting quarterback.
“We’re gonna grieve today and be upset about it. It’s more about our feelings for Teddy and for him as a person and getting better than it is about anything else.
“Teddy’s a great kid, and he’ll be back as soon as he possibly can, if it is real bad. But we’re going to keep fighting,” said Zimmer, while acknowledging that his team was in a tough spot entering the new season.
Meanwhile, scores of NFL players took to social media to wish Teddy Bridgewater a speedy recovery.
Veteran quarterback Shaun Hill, 36, is expected to take Bridgewater’s spot. “I have confidence in Shaun. I think he’s played great this preseason. The thing we all have to remember is this is about the team. We have a good team,” said Zimmer.
Teddy Bridgewater was about to enter his third NFL season before the tragic injury. It is highly likely that he is ruled out for the entirety of the season.