The 2016-17 NFL season hasn’t officially begun, but it sounds like Teddy Bridgewater‘s season is already over. The Vikings’ talented second-year quarterback suffered a non-contact injury at practice on Tuesday afternoon which led to him getting taken off the field in an ambulance. While there was plenty of speculation as to what happened, the Vikings’ director of sports medicine and head athletic trainer announced that Bridgewater suffered a complete ACL tear along with other structural damage to his knee. Earlier, it was reported that Bridgewater suffered a dislocated kneecap.
Here’s the full statement on Bridgewater’s injury:
Teddy Bridgewater suffered a non-contact injury today at practice. 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.
While it sucks that Bridgewater will miss a “significant” amount of time (which probably means that he’s out for all this season), at least he’s expected to make a full recovery. Here’s to hoping that he’s able to come back in a big way, as he is one of the most exciting young quarterbacks in all of the NFL.