Nobody knows exactly when injured Minnesota Vikings quarterback Teddy Bridgewater will return. But the Vikings are clearly optimistic that the question is “when,” and not “if.”
Vikings head athletic trainer Eric Sugarman announced in a statement that Bridgewater underwent a multi-ligament reconstruction on his left knee Thursday in Dallas. Sugarman said the repair was “excellent” and that the Vikings and Bridgewater have “every reason to be very optimistic.”
Bridgewater sustained the injury last month during a non-contact drill during practice. Since then, the Vikings have acquired veteran quarterback Sam Bradford from the Philadelphia Eagles. The Vikings sent first- and fourth-round draft pick to the Eagles in exchange for Bradford.
Bradford’s contract lasts through the 2017 season, which gives the Vikings insurance in case Bridgewater isn’t ready to return for the beginning of the next season. What happens beyond 2017 is still up in the air, but the Vikings appear confident that Bridgewater will return at some point.
Here’s Sugarman’s entire statement:
Teddy Bridgewater had his left knee surgically repaired yesterday. The procedure was performed by Dr. Dan Cooper at the Carrell Clinic in Dallas, Texas. The knee dislocation resulted in Teddy needing a multi-ligament reconstruction. I was able to be present in Dallas, support Teddy and observe the entire procedure. The repair was excellent and gives Teddy every reason to be very optimistic.
Teddy already began the rehab process yesterday, will return to Minnesota to continue on the road to recovery very soon and looks forward to getting back on the field.