Vikings QB Teddy Bridgewater Tears ACL; Will Miss Entire Season
The Minnesota Vikings were expected by many to contend in the NFC this season. Those expectations took a drastic turn for the worst as quarterback Teddy Bridgewater suffered a horrific non-contact injury at practice on Tuesday.
Teddy Bridgewater completely tore his ACL in addition to dislocating his knee and will miss the entire 2016 NFL season. Often with non-contact injuries, the result is a ligament or tendon tear. Shortly after the injury occurred, yet prior to confirming the severity of the injury, Vikings’ Head Coach Mike Zimmer said:
“It doesn’t look good right now.”
It looks even worse now for the Vikings with their promising young QB out for the season. Bridgewater may be just 23 years old, but led the Vikings to a division title last season and also was selected to the Pro Bowl. The Vikings will likely now turn to veteran Shaun Hill.
Hill, 36, has started 34 games in his 11 year career with the 49ers, Lions, Rams, and Vikings. He started 8 games for the Rams in 2014 going 3-5. The Vikings also have the young and unproven Joel Stave on their QB depth chart. Zimmer later added:
“We’re not going to stick our head in the sand. I have confidence in this football team. If Shaun is the guy, I have confidence in him. We have a good football team.”
Devastating and Demoralizing Scene
Bridgewater was taken from the practice facility in an ambulance. His Vikings’ teammates were visibly upset and some even gathered to pray — others screamed profanity. Clearly losing an irreplaceable component of contending this close to the start of the season is a devastating blow to team morale.
The practice was cancelled about 25 minutes after it started. This was a smart decision by the Vikings as the team’s ability to focus on practice had certainly been compromised.
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