Pro Injury Watch: Teddy Bridgewater's Knee Injury

Pro Injury Watch: Teddy Bridgewater's Knee Injury

(Note: scroll to the end of this article for the latest updates on Teddy Bridgewater's return from his knee injury.)

About a year ago, Minnesota Viking's quarterback Teddy Bridgewater suffered what has quickly become one of those most infamous pro sports knee injuries in recent history, both for its unusual circumstances and its stunning severity. So what's the current outlook for the Vikings' Quarterback?

Here's what happened, what the outlook at the time of injury was, and how recovery is going for Bridgewater as he attempts a valiant comeback.

What Happened To Teddy Bridgewater's Knee?


What Happened

Teddy Bridgewater's Knee Injury

On Aug. 30, 2016, Bridgewater dislocated his knee and tore several ligaments, including the ACL, when he went down during a noncontact drill at practice.

Part of the growing legend that accompanies Bridgewater's particular injury was just how stunning it was. There have been plenty of articles written about the gruesome nature of this freak accident, but the Vikings organization has tastefully decided to quarantine all available video and photography of the actual event.

A Non-Contact Injury

Bridgewater's injury was a rare (but certainly not unheard of) case of a football player injuring their knee in a non-contact situation. Players and coaches, though reluctant to speak much about the injury out of respect for Bridgewater, have said that Bridgewater dropped back to pass during a drill and tripped awkwardly. The result: the knee dislocated, causing multiple torn ligaments to Bridgewater's entire leg (including a torn ACL).

Here's an informative video that ran at the time of injury from a local news station out of Minneapolis/St. Paul:

what was the original outlook for teddy bridewater's knee injury?



Teddy Bridgewater Knee Injury

Not good. In fact, the injury was considered so bad that some media outlets reported that Bridgewater might lose his leg. Scary. Immediately following the injury, the team actually called 911 in order to get an ambulance to the scene ASAP. Talk about severe...

Clearly Bridgewater did not lose his leg, but he was rushed into surgery and operated on immediately in Dallas, undergoing a multi-ligament reconstruction. Directly after the successful surgery the Viking's SportsMedicine team issued this statement:

Teddy Bridgewater had his left knee surgically repaired yesterday. The procedure was performed by Dr. Dan Cooper at the Carrell Clinic in Dallas, TX. The knee dislocation resulted in Teddy needing a multi-ligament reconstruction....the repair was excellent and gives Teddy every reason to be very optimistic.

Teddy already began the rehab process yesterday, will return to Minnesota to continue on the road to recovery very soon and looks forward to getting back on the field.

-Vikings Director of Sports Medicine and Head Athletic Trainer Eric Sugarman

What's the Latest Updates on Teddy Bridgewater's Knee Injury?

Bridgewater has undergone an inspirational fight to return to full health and win back his starting job as the Vikings QB. All indications point to a full recovery:

For an up-to-date report (as of Sept. 07 2017) on this let's go to Minnesota. Here's the latest According to website Vikings 24/7:

"Teddy Bridgewater was officially placed on the Physically Unable to Perform list during the Minnesota Vikings' announcement of their 53-man roster on Saturday afternoon. Now that we have seen that development play out, there is a clearer idea of his possible return to the field.

Due to the PUP designation, Bridgewater will now be forced to miss the first six weeks of the regular season where he is unable to be activated. This gives him time to continue his recovery and ease his way back in to the fold for the Vikings." 

-Anthony Broome, of Vikings 24/7

What's Next For Teddy Bridgewater?

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Teddy Bridgewater

We're all rooting for you!

As mentioned above, the hope is that Bridgewater will return after week six of the 2017 seaons and be ready for the possibility of playing. Luckily for the Vikings, Quarterback Sam Bradford has done an admirable job stepping in as the starter since the Vikes traded for him following Bridgewater's injury.

However, for Vikings fans, there is a palpable sense of hope and optimism that Bridgewater will fully return from his injury to lead the team to great things.

We'll keep this article updated as the season progresses.

Good luck Teddy!

Update: Sept. 19, 2107

According to the Vikings Bridgewater will return midseason, when he is expected to be taken off the Physically Unable to Perform List.  This is great news for the Vikings fans, and as always we're hoping Teddy's Recovery continues to progress-- he's become an inspirational figure during this ordeal.

Here's a link to the article:

UPDATE NOV 21 2017

He's back! In a year rife with bad injury news in the NFL, Teddy's story stands out as a bright spot, as he is now part of the Vikings active roster, currently serving as the backup QB.

What a great moment to see him back on the sideline after all he's gone through.

So why isn't he playing yet? Well, surprisingly, the Vikings are currently enjoying one of their best seasons in years, and current starting quarterback Case Keenum is overseeing their good run of form. 


Chances are that we'll see Teddy back on the field at some point this year, even if it's in a limited role during garbage time. Whatever the circumstances, it'll be must-watch tv when he gets back onto the field.

Links To Additional Content on Teddy Bridgewater's knee Injury

Was Teddy Bridgewater In Danger Of Losing His Leg After Severe Knee Injury? -

Teddy Bridgewater's Knee Injury Sounds Absolutely Horrible - Vice Sports

1 Year Later, Teddy Bridgewater ‘All-In’ On Returning - CBS Minnesota

Teddy Bridgewater Reportedly on PUP List, May Return from Knee Injury in 2017 - Bleacher Report


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