Teddy Bridgewater is out of the hospital but not out of the woods yet.
The Minnesota Vikings quarterback who suffered a torn ACL and “other structural damage” when his knee buckled without taking any contact during Tuesday’s practice will be out this season for sure. After that, even the Vikings can’t pinpoint a timeline for his return, according to General Manager Rick Spielman.
“I’ve heard everything from two days to two years. So I think until he goes in and gets the surgery we’ll see how his rehab is progressing,” Spielman said just before kickoff of Thursday night’s preseason finale against the Los Angeles Rams. “I know two important things, and it was in the release, we wanted to be as transparent with you so you knew exactly what the injury was, is that there’s no damage to the nerve or the artery. And the other thing he’s got going for him is Teddy is a young 23-, 24-year-old guy. You’re not talking about a 34-year-old guy toward the end. So we expect a full recovery from Teddy. I know we have to get through the surgery and get through the rehab and we look forward to just getting him back.”
Bridgewater’s representative met with the Vikings on Thursday to discuss surgical options.
Bridgewater was placed on injured reserve and is obviously out for this season. But the fact that there was no arterial or nerve damage is a good sign.
He is out of the hospital and waiting for swelling to subside. He even visited the Vikings’ practice facility on Thursday but didn’t attend Thursday’s game.
Bridgewater released a statement on Thursday.
“In order to have a testimony, you have to have a test,” he said. “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.”
Spielman referenced Adrian Peterson’s comeback from a torn ACL in December 2011, when Peterson returned to lead the NFL with 2,096 yards rushing in 2012. The hope is Bridgewater can rebound and be ready for the 2017 season, but his surgery and rehab will determine that.
In the meantime, Spielman admitted the Vikings are looking for backup options to Shaun Hill, but the general manager isn’t going to give up talented young players or high draft picks to make that happen.
For now, the hope is Bridgewater will return to a starting role in 2017.
“I don’t think anyone (doubts) how Teddy’s going to attack this thing and come back even better,” Spielman said. “You saw Adrian and what he did, and hopefully we’re talking about Teddy the same way next year at this time.
“He’s home resting now and doing great.”