Bridgewater suffered a torn ACL and “other structural damage” to his knee when he went down without contact in Tuesday’s practice. Athletic trainers rushed to his aid, putting an air cast on his knee and calling for an ambulance to assist with his dislocated knee.
“I want to thank the Wilf Family and the entire Vikings organization, all of my teammates, friends, Eric Sugarman and the amazing Vikings athletic training staff and the fans who have sent me messages and wished me well,” Bridgewater said in his statement. “Your thoughts and prayers mean a lot to me and have helped me in this difficult time. There are great players and great leaders in our locker room who are going to fight to the end to reach the goals we set for 2016. I will be there mentally, physically and in spirit to support them accomplish those goals.
“In order to have a testimony, you have to have a test. I come from amazing DNA, I watched my mom fight and win against breast cancer. We will, as a team, attack my rehab with the same vigor and energy. My faith is strong, my faith is unwavering and my vision is clear. My purpose will not be denied.”
Bridgewater was placed on injured reserve and won’t play this season.