We finally have some word on what happened to Minnesota Vikings' quarterback Teddy Bridgewater. . .and it's just as bad as everyone has thought.
Head coach Mike Zimmer just confirmed that Bridgewater has suffered a "significant" knee injury. Zimmer said that the team has not gotten all the details at this time, and the extent of the injury is unknown. Zimmer said that he would let people know either this evening or tomorrow. At the present time, just after 4:00 PM Central, Bridgewater is still undergoing tests at the hospital.
When asked if he thought there was any chance that Bridgewater would play this season, Zimmer simply said that "it doesn't look good right now."
Bridgewater suffered the injury. . .a non-contact injury. . .in practice on Tuesday at Winter Park, the team's last practice before the preseason finale against the Los Angeles Rams on Thursday. According to reports, Bridgewater took a snap, went a step or two back into his drop, and went to the ground without being touched, clutching his left knee and screaming in pain. The play immediately stopped, and his teammates were seen slamming helmets to the ground and cursing as if they knew something truly bad had happened.
An ambulance arrived at Winter Park to take Bridgewater to the hospital just after 2:00 PM Central time, and the Vikings immediately called off the remainder of practice.
From a football standpoint, this means that Shaun Hill is now the Vikings' starter at quarterback, and Joel Stave is his backup with the team having released Brad Sorensen earlier today in their first round of cuts. But that's secondary at this point in time in the hearts and minds of Minnesota Vikings fans.
We here at The Daily Norseman speak for Vikings fans everywhere when we wish Teddy Bridgewater a full and fast recovery.
We'll have more on this story as it develops.