Vikings quarterback Teddy Bridgewater suffered a “significant knee injury” in practice on Tuesday, coach Mike Zimmer told reporters earlier this hour.
“I doesn’t look good right now,” Zimmer said regarding the possibility that it’s a season-ending knee injury.
“They sedated him,” Zimmer said, explaining that he’s having an MRI performed at a local hospital. “I love this kid. Our fans love this kid.”
Zimmer said more information will be coming later tonight or Wednesday regarding the specific nature of the injury.
“We’re not going to stick our heads in the sand,” Zimmer said. “We’re not looking for excuses. We have some great football players on this team, figure out how to win football games. . . . This is about the team. This isn’t about a one-man deal. This is about the team. We have a good team. We have a good defensive team. Our defensive line is much better. We have good receivers. We have maybe the best running back in the NFL.”
Zimmer said he has spoken to his mentor, Bill Parcells, a couple of times after the injury happened. Zimmer also said he has spoken in spirit to his late father, Bill Zimmer, a longtime high school football coach.
“He always found a way to do it,” Zimmer said, “and we’re gonna figure out a way. Everybody can count us out if they want, but I think that would be the wrong thing to do.”
It’s unclear whether figuring out a way forward will feature Shaun Hill at quarterback or someone else. Zimmer said he has confidence in Hill, but that the team is discussing options. At this point, there aren’t many.
Still, Zimmer is committed to making the best out of a bad situation.
“That’s our job,” Zimmer said. “Find a way.”