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Mike Zimmer says Teddy Bridgewater surgery successful

FILE - In this Aug. 28, 2016, file photo, Minnesota Vikings quarterback Teddy Bridgewater throws a pass during the first half of an NFL preseason football game against the San Diego Chargers, in Minneapolis. Fittingly, the Green Bay Packers will be the opponent on Sept. 18 for their regular season opener at U.S. Bank Stadium in front of a crowd of 66,000 and a Sunday night national television audience.(AP Photo/Andy Clayton-King, File) AP

The Minnesota Vikings lost quarterback Teddy Bridgewater for the entirety of the 2016 season with a fluke knee injury in practice last week.

Following surgery on Thursday, the hope is that Bridgewater will be ready to go in time for next year.

According to Ben Goessling of ESPN.com, Vikings head coach Mike Zimmer said that reports back from doctors on Bridgewater’s surgery were positive.

I got a call from the doctor today, and everything was good,” Zimmer said. “They said it’s a good repair; I don’t know exactly what he said. He gave me a quick rundown.”

Bridgewater dislocated his left knee and tore his ACL in a non-contact situation in practice. While those injuries are certainly significant, Bridgewater avoided any further damage to nerves or arteries that could have been even more devastating. The surgery Thursday to repair the damage showed no further injuries beyond what was shown in initial testing.

Bridgewater said he would “attack my rehab” following surgery. However, Zimmer knows it’s too early to ascertain just what type of timeline they’re dealing with for his recovery.

It’ll be a good rehab,” Zimmer said. “He’ll have bad days and he’ll have good days. He’ll have to, like he always does, keep fighting.”

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  1. crapsandviche says: Sep 9, 2016 12:55 AM

    Bridgewater is a future star

  2. milehighmagik7 says: Sep 9, 2016 1:19 AM

    While I understand that the Vikes have a solid team and needed and upgrade at QB after the injury to TB a 1st rounder and a conditional 4th is way to much to give up for Bradford especially when TB is coming back next year. I mean Denver is the reigning Champs with a great team and didn’t get desperate and only offered what Bradford is worth a 3rd rounder. I hope it pans out for the Vikes they are a real up and coming good team. Get well Teddy, you and your team have a bright future

  3. guessthenguessagain says: Sep 9, 2016 2:36 AM

    God bless, Teddy. Heal well.

  4. bigjayoakersonfan says: Sep 9, 2016 2:55 AM

    The surgery itself is rarely–if ever–the issue with any of these types of injuries.

    Generally speaking, if you have a competent doctor performing the surgery they’ll be able to ‘successfully’ repair all of these types of injuries. It’s a matter of how well his body–and his mind–can adapt to it.

    Some guys are simply never the same after devastating injuries, even though after the surgery, everyone celebrated and reveled in the ‘successful’ surgery.

    First guy that comes to mind is Daunte Culpepper. In 2004 Culpepper looked as though he could be a supreme player for years to come in the league.

    After some pedestrian years in 2001 to 2003 he seemed on the verge of realizing some of his promise. He was enormous, had surprisingly good wheels for size, and with continued coaching and tutoring it wasn’t inconceivable that he was merely just getting started in his career.

    Then the following season, he had his knee positively shredded. Minnesota ending up bailing on him and Miami thought they had a viable reclamation project on their hands and they passed on Drew Brees in favor of Culpepper.

    Sure he didn’t have the type of weaponry he had with Moss and company in Minnesota, but he looked and acted like a entirely different Qb.

    Skittish in the pocket, unable to use his size to his advantage, feeling phantom pressure, and generally looking like a QB who was in perpetual self-preservation mode–as opposed to being a loose, steady, and mentally-strong QB.

    Anytime you’re constantly worrying about getting injured—most of these guys never even acknowledge that because they don’t know it, it’s brewing beneath the conscious mind–it causes havoc on your psyche. You can’t play scared and timid.

    Culpepper was ‘fixed’ medically, but he was never physically the same. And most critically, he was never emotionally and mentally the same ever again.

  5. wellthatsinteresting says: Sep 9, 2016 7:19 AM

    Take it easy, Teddy. Get well. Hope to see you on the sidelines when you are able.

  6. arianil985 says: Sep 9, 2016 7:47 AM

    Did they fix her noodle arm??

  7. GimmeThatSkol says: Sep 9, 2016 7:57 AM

    Sad to see him go down like this i was really hoping he wouldve took a step forward this year he was working on the deep ball alot and i heard good things about that. he still held the ball to long in preseason some which i think he needs to get rid of it more hed take less sacks (well wouldve)

    i hope bradford/hill stays healthy and capitalizes on this situation they’re in we have a solid team all around defense specail teams and i hope Oline(time will tell) and just need more deep passing threat to open the box for AP
    he deserves to have a less stacked box hed break out more and get more yards and better averages plus im rooting for him to break emmits all time rushing yards he just needs few more years of sold yards per year ( i think my math is somewhere around 5 seasons of 1300 or more or 4 seasons of 1600 which is very doable for him)

    i think he is going to need to restructure his contract soon and maybe take a pay cut we dont need him being the “drew brees” of the vikings

  8. vikingfan23 says: Sep 9, 2016 8:04 AM

    Great news. Good luck Teddy. Vikings fans everywhere are rooting for you.

  9. Carl Gerbschmidt says: Sep 9, 2016 8:23 AM

    Good luck to Teddy. He has a long road ahead of him.

  10. fmc651 says: Sep 9, 2016 8:23 AM

    Good news, with Sam and AD on the team they should be a solid resource for Teddy. That support should help his long recovery.

  11. madtowndan says: Sep 9, 2016 8:25 AM

    Hoping for a speedy recovery and successful comeback.

  12. cyclonepower says: Sep 9, 2016 8:39 AM

    Thoughts and prayers are with you Teddy.

  13. stellarperformance says: Sep 9, 2016 8:55 AM

    He’ll be back at US Bank Stadium before you know it. Except this time he’ll have a beer tray hanging around his neck.

  14. filthymcnasty3 says: Sep 9, 2016 9:09 AM

    I’m disappointed at how quickly Viking fans turned on Teddy during his hour of need.

    No loyalty.

  15. skol4life says: Sep 9, 2016 9:15 AM

    Teddy will be great. Just delayed a year. Get well soon kid!

  16. fmc651 says: Sep 9, 2016 9:59 AM

    filthymcnasty3 says:
    Sep 9, 2016 9:09 AM
    I’m disappointed at how quickly Viking fans turned on Teddy during his hour of need.
    No loyalty.
    ))))))))))))))))))
    A packer fan talking about loyalty. You can’t make this up. First the name Brett was a top ten name for son’s in Wisconsin for many years. Then they booed Favre on his return. And yet this fool is talking about loyalty. The packers were the ones that shoved Favre out the door too to make room for Aaron.

  17. vikingfan23 says: Sep 9, 2016 10:00 AM

    @bigjayoakersonfan

    Great comment and perspective. Of course it is too early to know how Teddy will rehab and recover, but I will say that he is of a totally different mental makeup than Culpeper and a totally different type of QB as well. Teddy is much mentally tougher than Culpepper was pre injury.

    I’d submit that the more likely scenario would be Brady where he returned about as good as ever. (Note to packer trolls, I am not saying Teddy is as good or will ever be as good as Brady, merely that they are both mentally tough, pocket passers).

  18. fmc651 says: Sep 9, 2016 10:02 AM

    And nobody in Minnesota has turned on Teddy you idiot. They wished him well and moved forward with the season. I am not sure what more you want the fans to do here. Stop trolling every story talking stupid.

  19. cheeseisfattening says: Sep 9, 2016 10:07 AM

    Rehab for an ACL tear is nothing compared to an overweight player having to lose weight in Green Bay.

  20. golferinminny says: Sep 9, 2016 10:07 AM

    filthymcnasty3 says:
    Sep 9, 2016 9:09 AM
    I’m disappointed at how quickly Viking fans turned on Teddy during his hour of need.

    No loyalty.

    ____________________________

    Nobody turned on Teddy, they either already thought he was on his way to being awesome, or they are eternal pessimists and already thought he was garbage.

    Looking forward to seeing him back soon!

  21. fmc651 says: Sep 9, 2016 10:48 AM

    Mile high
    I mean Denver is the reigning Champs with a great team and didn’t get desperate and only offered what Bradford is worth a 3rd rounder.
    )))))))))))))

    Denver had Siemian waiting and a first round pick in Lynch. The Vikings lost their starting QB 11 days before the start of the season. They had a 36 year old back up followed by a rookie. They needed to add a QB. Why not get the best they could? Plus nobody is giving up a starting QB without a #1 pick.

  22. 49tinakane says: Sep 9, 2016 11:32 AM

    bigjayoakersonfan says:
    Sep 9, 2016 2:55 AM

    The surgery itself is rarely–if ever–the issue with any of these types of injuries.

    Generally speaking, if you have a competent doctor performing the surgery they’ll be able to ‘successfully’ repair all of these types of injuries. It’s a matter of how well his body–and his mind–can adapt to it.

    Some guys are simply never the same after devastating injuries, even though after the surgery, everyone celebrated and reveled in the ‘successful’ surgery.

    First guy that comes to mind is Daunte Culpepper. In 2004 Culpepper looked as though he could be a supreme player for years to come in the league.

    After some pedestrian years in 2001 to 2003 he seemed on the verge of realizing some of his promise. He was enormous, had surprisingly good wheels for size, and with continued coaching and tutoring it wasn’t inconceivable that he was merely just getting started in his career.

    Then the following season, he had his knee positively shredded. Minnesota ending up bailing on him and Miami thought they had a viable reclamation project on their hands and they passed on Drew Brees in favor of Culpepper.

    Sure he didn’t have the type of weaponry he had with Moss and company in Minnesota, but he looked and acted like a entirely different Qb.

    Skittish in the pocket, unable to use his size to his advantage, feeling phantom pressure, and generally looking like a QB who was in perpetual self-preservation mode–as opposed to being a loose, steady, and mentally-strong QB.

    Anytime you’re constantly worrying about getting injured—most of these guys never even acknowledge that because they don’t know it, it’s brewing beneath the conscious mind–it causes havoc on your psyche. You can’t play scared and timid.

    Culpepper was ‘fixed’ medically, but he was never physically the same. And most critically, he was never emotionally and mentally the same ever again.
    ———————————————————–First, there is next to 0 chance teddy is ready to play week 1 2017, regardless if the surgery was successful or not what else were they going to say? no we had to take the limb off? give me a break, 40% of the people that have this injury end up having to have a 2nd surgery to clear scar tissue and promote growth. Id expect teddy on the PUP list until week 8 of 2017 then we will see where he is at. 2. Culpeper was a Supreme player, was a 3 time pro bowler between 2000 and 2005 who put up MVP like numbers in 2004. The Vikings didn’t bail on him, Culpeper and new Coach Childress did not get along and since Chilly had just come from Philly and the TO debacle, he didn’t want to deal with Culpeper and his money demands. The Injury to Culpeper was truly devastating, and in fact he was never 100% Fixed medically, After being traded from MN, he played 3 games with the dolphins and found out he had lost a lot of his speed and ability to run away from pass rushers, turns out he needed another surgery on the knee to clear scar tissue and loose cartilage. This dolphins team was also a dumpster fire. He ended up on IR and had a third surgery on that same knee later in his career. He was never the same player because he lost his ability after the injury. So while maybe some of the mental stuff is true, speaking about taking advantage of his size, feeling phantom pressure and self preservation mode is purely speculation at its finest.

  23. h0metownzero says: Sep 9, 2016 12:10 PM

    Teddy’s job will be waiting for him as soon as he’s ready to play again.

    ..

    Possibly.

  24. ariani1985 says: Sep 9, 2016 12:50 PM

    Remember when little Erin Rogers missed 6 games with shoulder discomfort!

  25. In Teddy We Trust says: Sep 9, 2016 1:11 PM

    There are some big differences between Teddy’s and Culpepper’s situations. First and foremost, Daunte refused to rehabilitate his injuries at the Vikings’ facility. He was doing it on his own at a strip mall gym in Florida. Remember Chilly saying he was imagining an Orange Julius next to it? Daunte had no desire to play for Chilly and had nothing to do with the Vikings that whole offseason after he was hired, probably because Chilly’s West Coast offense didn’t play to Daunte’s strengths.

    Speaking of Daunte’s strengths, reading defenses and making quick throws were not among them. He would take a deep drop, notice that his first read was covered, and then started running around behind the line of scrimmage until somebody broke open. It worked well for him, but he couldn’t continue doing that after he lost his mobility.

    Teddy is a very mobile quarterback but he doesn’t depend on his legs like Daunte did. He will also work like crazy under the supervision of the Vikings’ trainers. Zimmer loves Teddy like the son he never had, so this team will be Teddy’s again when he returns. Next year is optimistic, but he’ll be the guy in 2018 for sure.

  26. 250dollarnflowner says: Sep 9, 2016 1:20 PM

    ariani1985, I remember that like it was yesterday!!?

  27. Frazier28/7 says: Sep 9, 2016 1:24 PM

    get well soon Teddy! and don’t worry, we have a real defense and general manager that’ll right the ship til you’re healthy again!

  28. 49tinakane says: Sep 9, 2016 3:05 PM

    In Teddy We Trust says:
    Sep 9, 2016 1:11 PM

    There are some big differences between Teddy’s and Culpepper’s situations. First and foremost, Daunte refused to rehabilitate his injuries at the Vikings’ facility. He was doing it on his own at a strip mall gym in Florida. Remember Chilly saying he was imagining an Orange Julius next to it? Daunte had no desire to play for Chilly and had nothing to do with the Vikings that whole offseason after he was hired, probably because Chilly’s West Coast offense didn’t play to Daunte’s strengths.

    Speaking of Daunte’s strengths, reading defenses and making quick throws were not among them. He would take a deep drop, notice that his first read was covered, and then started running around behind the line of scrimmage until somebody broke open. It worked well for him, but he couldn’t continue doing that after he lost his mobility.

    Teddy is a very mobile quarterback but he doesn’t depend on his legs like Daunte did. He will also work like crazy under the supervision of the Vikings’ trainers. Zimmer loves Teddy like the son he never had, so this team will be Teddy’s again when he returns. Next year is optimistic, but he’ll be the guy in 2018 for sure.
    ———————————————————
    Your entire comment is filled with inaccuracies—-first- Teddy doesn’t rely on his legs? that is 100% incorrect, teddy relys on his legs quite a bit, in fact he was 4th in rushing touch downs in 2015 for QBs, he was 9th in 1st downs rushing for QBs, He was injured in 2014 rushing for a TD, and also was injured in 2015 running the ball. The oline was poor so there was a need to run, but lets not act like he stood in the pocket time and time again. -2nd- your comments about Culpepper are wildly inaccurate, Culpeper was a runner yes but during his years prior to injury he was one of the better passers in the NFL-in fact his 2004 season is 6th best in NFL history according to profootballfocus, You speak of him not being able to read a defense and not good at throwing short, yet his 2000-2005 red zone stats average during that time are 56% completion, 13 Tds and 1.5 ints-compare that t0 2015 starters-his stats are better then Big ben, Russell Wilson, Aaron Rogers, Teddy, Jay Cutler, Andy Dalton, Carson Palmer, Cam Newton just to name a few. So to say he couldn’t read defenses and throw short was wildly incorrect or was a one read guy and took off and ran is not only wrong, but wildly inaccurate.

  29. Ferdinand says: Sep 9, 2016 6:58 PM

    I wish they would stop announcing that surgeries are successful the same day they happen. You don’t know that. You won’t know that until he can go back to work and you can evaluate where he is.

    All you know today is – “the surgery went as expected, no complications.”

  30. hehateme2 says: Sep 10, 2016 9:11 AM

    Have they (Doctors) ever come out and stated…”Oops, we blew this one?”

    I’d be concerned with a non-contact injury like this one. She doesn’t seem too tough…

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