Vikings athletic trainer Eric Sugarman releases an update on Teddy Bridgewater, who sustained a catastrophic knee injury at practice on Tuesday.
First, the good news. Sugarman says there is no nerve damage and Bridgewater is expected to make a full recovery, in a statement via Ben Goessling for ESPN.com.
Unfortunately, we still won’t be seeing Bridgewater on a football field any time soon. Sugarman goes on to state the Vikings quarterback has a dislocated knee, a complete tear of his ACL and other structural damage as a result of the non-contact injury. Surgery will be scheduled in the coming days.
Here is the full statement:
“Teddy Bridgewater suffered a non-contact injury today at practice,” Sugarman said in a statement. “The injury was quickly identified as a dislocated knee. The injury was stabilized, and he was transported to a nearby hospital for treatment and evaluation. After undergoing an MRI, it was determined that Teddy suffered a complete tear to his ACL and other structural damage. Fortunately, there appears to be no nerve or arterial damage. Surgical repair will be scheduled within the next few days. Although the recovery time will be significant, we expect Teddy to make a full recovery. I would like to thank all of the medical professionals and our athletic training staff for all of their help today. Teddy has already displayed the attitude needed to overcome this injury and attack his rehab.”
Losing Bridgewater for the year, as is undoubtedly the case, is a huge blow to an up-and-coming Vikings team that was a 27-yard field goal away from advancing to the divisional round of the playoffs last season. The fact that Bridgewater is only 23 and expected to make a full recovery means it doesn’t have to be something that sets the franchise back for years to come.