Minnesota Vikings quarterback Teddy Bridgewater is expected to miss at least the season while recovering from a dislocated left knee and torn anterior cruciate ligament after a freak practice injury on Tuesday.
Bridgewater was taken by ambulance to a hospital after crumpling to the turf during practice, and the team announced hours later that his knee also had “other structural damage” that will need to be repaired in a surgery that will be scheduled in the coming days. But the team did say he had no nerve or arterial damage and it expects a full recovery after a “significant” rehabilitation.
“Teddy has already displayed the attitude needed to overcome this injury and attack his rehab,” said Eric Sugarman, the director of sports medicine and head athletic trainer for the Vikings.
Bridgewater suffered a noncontact knee injury while dropping back to pass, and it was so jolting that coach Mike Zimmer immediately ended practice. Players were visibly distraught as they left the field, some hurling expletives into the air and others kneeling in prayer for one of the team’s most popular players.
Moments later, a siren-blaring ambulance rushed to team headquarters to get the quarterback to the hospital.
Bosa at first practice
Rookie defensive end Joey Bosa finally made it back onto the field for the San Diego Chargers on Tuesday after a long holdout.
From a fitness perspective, coach Mike McCoy said the No. 3 pick in this year’s draft looked fine.
The former Ohio State player missed 31 days and three preseason games during a contract spat that included disagreement over payment of Bosa’s $17 million signing bonus and whether the contract would have offset language.
He eventually signed Monday and Bosa said he’s capable of playing in the opener on Sept. 11 at the Kansas City Chiefs.