Teddy Bridgewater suffers complete ACL tear, full recovery expected

08/30/2016 05:19 PM

Former University of Louisville and current Minnesota Vikings quarterback Teddy Bridgewater suffered a non-contact injury today during the Vikings’ practice. Bridgewater was taken from the field in an ambulance and an MRI later determined that Bridgewater suffered a complete tear to his ACL.

In a statement released Tuesday evening, Vikings Head Athletic Trainer Eric Sugarman said Bridgewater also suffered structural damage but that there appears to be no nerve or arterial damage. Sugarman said surgical repair is scheduled within the next few days and Bridgewater is expected to make a full recovery following “significant” recovery time.

During a press conference earlier in the day, head Vikings coach Mike Zimmer was asked if there is a chance Bridgewater could play this season. Zimmer responded, “It doesn’t look good right now.”

Zimmer canceled the Vikings’ practice less than 30 minutes after it had begun.

Bridgewater threw 14 touchdowns last year and led the Vikings to a divisional title before a missed field goal ended their playoff run. His 3,231 yards passing in 2015 earned him a bid to the Pro Bowl and built up some hype for the 2016 season.

Zimmer was not shy about his support of Bridgewater, saying, “I love this kid, and the players love this kid.”

Garrett Moore

Garrett is a Sports Producer for Spectrum News. He is a graduate of Middle Tennessee State and got his start as a sports photographer. He now produces Sports Night, the state’s only nightly show dedicated to in-depth coverage of all sports in Kentucky. Sports Night airs weeknights at 6:30 and 10:30 on Spectrum News. Outside the station, Garrett enjoys golfing, hiking, fishing, and prides himself on being all-in as a sports spectator. He won a gift card for playing an air guitar in the student section during an MTSU basketball game. Follow Garrett on Twitter @SportsNightGM for real-time sports updates or if you just want to see the shenanigans that go on behind the scenes in getting Sports Night on the air.

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