LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) – Dr. Joe Greene has treated athletes with ACL injuries and he says former Louisville Cardinal Teddy Bridgewater has a long road ahead of him after tearing his ACL and dislocating his knee during the Minnesota Vikings practice on Tuesday.

“His injury is by no means a typical ACL injury,” said Greene, an orthopedic surgeon at Norton Healthcare in Louisville.

“With a knee dislocation, you tear at least two of the four major ligaments in the knee,” Greene said. “It’s going to be much longer recovery time than (just) an ACL. This is not like (Vikings running back) Adrian Peterson tearing an ACL and then six months later is leading the NFL in rushing.”

Greene says it’s not out of the question that Bridgewater can return to the field, but there’s probably not much of a chance that he’ll be back to 100 percent. Greene says most division one athletes who just have an ACL injury can come back and play at 90 percent, but the averages most likely drop when a knee dislocation is involved.

“There are some college football players who have comeback from a knee dislocation and had a great career,” Greene said, citing the injury that former Miami Hurricane running back Willis McGahee suffered and then went on to rush for nearly 8,500 yards in an 11 year NFL career.

For Bridgewater, just getting back to the field will take some time. Greene says the recovery process could take a year.

Bridgewater was officially placed on the Vikings injured reserve list Wednesday.

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