Minnesota Vikings quarterback Teddy Bridgewater had surgery on his left knee Thursday, nine days after suffering a non-contact injury that resulted in a complete tear of the anterior cruciate ligament, a dislocated knee and other structural damage.
Mike Zimmer indicated after receiving the report from the doctors that nothing unexpected was found during surgery.
“I got a call from the doctor today and everything’s good,” Zimmer said.
“They said it’s good, good repair I guess is what he said. I don’t remember exactly. He gave me a quick rundown.”
The injury suffered on Sept. 6 resulted in the Vikings immobilizing Bridgewater’s knee and calling for an ambulance to take him to the trauma center.
It also left players cursing and walking off the field in disbelief.
“That’s the hardest thing about being involved in this sport that guys do have injuries and guys do end up in tough situations,” offensive coordinator Norv Turner said. “The one positive that I will tell you is I’ve been with a number of guys who have had similar injuries and came back stronger than when they got hurt. I’ve been with a number of guys that have had very serious knee surgeries that I thought when they came back and played they were stronger, quicker, better than they were when they got hurt. So that’s what I’m hoping for.”
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Zimmer, who texted with Bridgewater the day before the surgery, said he expects ups and downs as Bridgewater recovers from surgery and rehabilitates the injury.
“It’ll be a good rehab,” Zimmer said. “He’ll have bad days and he’ll have good days and he’ll just have to keep – like he always does – keep fighting.”