The Minnesota Vikings suffered a big blow today when quarterback Teddy Bridgewater went down with a non-contact knee injury during practice. It seemed pretty serious at the time, as reports out of Minnesota indicated that players were very upset, cursing, and praying, while am ambulance was seen at the facility as well. Head coach Mike Zimmer said that it was a “significant” knee injury and that “it doesn’t look good right now” that Bridgewater would be able to return this year.
The Vikings updated Bridgewater’s status tonight, as he suffered a complete tear of his ACL, a dislocated knee, and other injuries, but he didn’t suffer nerve or arterial damage.
That injury will put him out for the 2016 season, which is obviously a huge blow to the Vikings’ chances. It’s also worth noting from a Colts’ perspective, as the two teams will meet in Minnesota in week 15 for a December 18 matchup. The Vikings will have had plenty of time to figure out their quarterback situation by then, but it won’t be Bridgewater. Though it will be near the end of the regular season, it will be interesting to see how the Vikings have fared in trying to replace Bridgewater, and the Colts will get an up-close look at it.
The former first round pick 551 of 849 passes (64.9%) for 6,150 yards (7.24 yards per attempt), 28 touchdown passes, and 21 interceptions for a passer rating of 87.0. He has taken strides forward, so while he’s not the most statistically prolific passer by any means he has continued to develop as a productive one. Now, the Vikings will likely need to rely on their ground game even more than they were going to.