Minnesota Vikings quarterback Teddy Bridgewater’s path to recovery from his gruesome knee injury will begin Thursday.
ESPN’s Ed Werder reports Bridgewater is scheduled to undergo surgery Thursday to repair a torn ACL and other structural damage in his left knee. Werder also reports the Vikings are expecting Bridgewater to make a full recovery, but more details will be known following the procedure.
The Vikings have a contingency plan in place for at least the 2016 season. Minnesota acquired quarterback Sam Bradford from Philadelphia for a 2017 first-round pick and a 2018 fourth-round pick last weekend.
The trade might have been viewed as a deal made out of desperation on the Vikings’ end. But it also might have been a necessary acquisition.
Vikings general manager Rick Spielman admitted to the Monday Morning Quarterback’s Peter King that a major reason why the Vikings made the deal was because Bradford has another year remaining on his two-year, $36 million extension signed with the Eagles this offseason.
“What really was significant for us was the second year of the contract with Sam,” Spielman told King. “No one knows how long it’s going to take Teddy to recover.”
That quote is incredibly revealing. While the Vikings are hopeful Bridgewater will return to form, there’s no guarantee as to when that will happen, if it happens. Bradford might not be merely a one-year rental, depending on Bridgewater’s recovery time.