CRAWFORD | Bridgewater tears ACL, dislocates knee, out for the season
Former Louisville quarterback Teddy Bridgewater is out for the season after sustaining a serious knee injury during a non-contact drill in practice on Wednesday.
LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- The news from the Minnesota Vikings on former University of Louisville quarterback Teddy Bridgewater's knee isn't good. A statement from the team says Bridgewater suffered a complete tear to the ACL during a non-contact injury at Wednesday's practice, as well as a dislocated knee and other structural damage to his left knee.
If there's good news, it's that the team says Bridgewater suffered no nerve or arterial damage, and that a full recovery is expected, though the recovery time will be "significant."
It ends a dramatic afternoon, during which ESPN cut into its live coverage to carry a press conference from an obviously crestfallen Vikings' coach Mike Zimmer.
Eyewitnesses told one Minneapolis station that Bridgewater's knee was dangling from his leg after he dropped back for a pass, then collapsed to the ground.
When he went down, others at the practice reported several Vikings players throwing their helmets and cursing. A couple became ill, according to one account, and many went to kneel by his side.
Bridgewater is out for at least this season, and may face an even longer road to recovery. The team said he will have surgery in the next few days. The statement didn't say anything about Bridgewater's personal reaction to the injury, and he was sedated for an MRI this afternoon, but the Vikings noted, "Teddy has already displayed the attitude needed to overcome this injury and attack his rehab."
Zimmer ended practice after Bridgewater's injury.
"The team is shaken," Zimmer said. ". . . "The No. 1 thing is that Teddy's such a great kid. Everyone loves him."
Reaction from around the NFL was quick in coming. Seattle quarterback Russell Wilson and Cleveland's Robert Griffin III were among those to offer prayers.
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