If there’s one person that knows a thing or two about non-contact knee injuries, it’s Minnesota Vikings’ quarterback Teddy Bridgewater. Bridgewater, who suffered a terrible injury in August of 2016 that nearly resulted in the loss of his leg, appears poised to finally make his return after over a year of exhaustive rehabilitation.
On Thursday, Houston Texans’ rookie phenom Deshaun Watson went down in practice with a non-contact injury of his own, and numerous sources have confirmed that he tore the ACL in his right knee, which will end his season.
Bridgewater is among many NFL players that is sending encouragement to Watson in the wake of his injury.
Damn @deshaunwatson this one hurt . You’ll be back better than ever young .— Teddy Bridgewater (@teddyb_h2o) November 2, 2017
Been overcoming adversity your entire life & never lost faith once. The battle is already won, claim ur victory, born winner. @deshaunwatson— Teddy Bridgewater (@teddyb_h2o) November 2, 2017
From the initial reports, it sounds as though the injury that Watson suffered is more of a “routine” ACL tear (in as much as these things can be “routine”) and not the horrific mess that Bridgewater’s knee turned into at Winter Park about fourteen months ago. Hopefully Watson can be ready to go for the start of the 2018 season, as he had rapidly developed into a real force for the Texans.
A couple of current Vikings who were teammates of Watson’s at Clemson, cornerback Mackensie Alexander and safety Jayron Kearse, also sent encouragement Watson’s way.
Prayers up for my guy @deshaunwatson! I know you will be #AllWorkIsEasy— Mackensie Alexander (@MackAlexander20) November 2, 2017
Prayers up for the lil Brodie @deshaunwatson the return gone be 10x greater— HeSaidAKearseWord (@Jayronkearse8) November 2, 2017
For the latest on the Deshaun Watson injury and its impact, be sure to go check out our friends at SB Nation’s site for the Houston Texans, Battle Red Blog.