Vikings lose Cassel, Bridgewater gets action

The Vikings lost starting QB Matt Cassel to a toe injury, bringing on rookie Teddy Bridgewater.

The Minnesota Vikings say starting quarterback Matt Cassel has broken his left foot in Sunday’s 20-9 loss to the New Orleans Saints.

Cassel left Sunday’s game after a 5-yard scramble to set up a field goal early in the second quarter. Coach Mike Zimmer says X-rays have revealed broken bones in the quarterback’s foot.

It is not clear how long Cassel will be out, but the injury leaves rookie Teddy Bridgewater as Minnesota’s quarterback for the foreseeable future.

Bridgewater entered the game on Minnesota’s third possession, leading a 10-play, 51-yard drive for a field goal that made it 13-6.

Cassel was 5 of 10 for 53 yards before leaving. Bridgewater finished 12 of 20 for 150 yards without a touchdown or an interception.

In the third quarter, Saints starting center Jonathan Goodwin left the game with an unspecified left leg injury.

Goodwin was helped off the field and the Saints announced that his return was questionable. Second-year pro Tim Lelito replaced Goodwin and his first snap of the game sailed past Drew Brees, who was in shotgun formation.

Brees recovered the loose ball for a loss of 18 on third down, forcing a punt.

Goodwin, in his 13th year in the NFL, returned for his second stint in New Orleans this season after three years with San Francisco.

The Vikings also lost guard Brandon Fusco with a pectoral injury, tight end Kyle Rudolph with a groin injury and cornerback Josh Robinson with a hamstring injury. Linebacker Chad Greenway also left the game as a rib injury suffered last week flared up too much late in teh game.

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