The Minnesota Vikings officially shut down quarterback Teddy Bridgewater for the entire 2016 season.
The Vikings placed Bridgewater on injured reserve Wednesday, a day after the young quarterback suffered a dislocated knee and a torn ACL on a non-contact injury during practice. The Vikings also re-signed 2013 seventh-round pick, Brad Sorensen, who had been waived Tuesday.
The Bridgewater news doesn’t come as much of a surprise. In fact, Bridgewater might have gotten lucky considering the gruesome nature of the injury. The Vikings announced Wednesday Bridgewater didn’t suffer any nerve or arterial damage and is expected to fully recover.
While hope has been restored for Bridgewater’s future, the Vikings have an immense quarterback conundrum for this season. Veteran Shaun Hill is currently the guy slotted to replace Bridgewater and he actually has experience in this situation. Hill started 10 games for Detroit Lions quarterback Matthew Stafford in 2010 and started eight games in relief of Rams quarterback Sam Bradford in 2014 when both went down with season-ending injuries.
The problem is Hill hasn’t been very successful in either of those situations and throughout his entire career. Hill went 3-7 with the Lions and 3-5 with the Rams in those respective seasons and is 16-18 in 34 career starts with 49 touchdowns and 30 interceptions.
Sorensen has yet to take an NFL snap after being drafted out of Southern Utah by the San Diego Chargers in 2013. There’s a chance that if he clears waivers he could play in Minnesota’s fourth preseason game Thursday night.
Sorensen could compete with Taylor Heinicke for the third-string job behind rookie Joel Stave. Heinicke has been on the non-football injury list for several weeks after rupturing a tendon in his ankle while kicking a glass door.