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Vikings release statement on Teddy Bridgewater surgery

Head Athletic Trainer Eric Sugarman details how the surgery went.

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As we already know, Teddy Bridgewater had successful surgery on his left knee on Thursday. It was considered successful (what athlete surgery isn’t) with no additional major injuries or concerns.

On Friday the Vikings Head Athletic Trainer and Director of Sports Medicine Eric Sugarman shared a statement after being with Bridgewater during the procedure yesterday:

Teddy Bridgewater had his left knee surgically repaired yesterday. The procedure was performed by Dr. Dan Cooper at the Carrell Clinic in Dallas, TX. The knee dislocation resulted in Teddy needing a multi-ligament reconstruction. I was able to be present in Dallas, support Teddy and observe the entire procedure. The repair was excellent and gives Teddy every reason to be very optimistic.

Teddy already began the rehab process yesterday, will return to Minnesota to continue on the road to recovery very soon and looks forward to getting back on the field.

Of course the phrase that stands out here is “mult-ligament reconstruction”, which implies (rather unsurprisingly) that more than just Bridgewater’s ACL was repaired. That phrase means the injury could be more similar to the knee injury suffered by Daunte Culpepper in 2005, where a devastating hit resulted in a torn ACL, MCL, and PCL for the Vikings quarterback. How Bridgewater might have suffered a similar fate without any contact at all still defies comprehension, but at least the surgery went as well as one could have hoped for.

So now the long road of rehabilitation to recovery has officially begun for Bridgewater. We here at Daily Norseman along every other Vikings fan wish Teddy the best as he tries to work his way back to the team in 2017.