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Teddy Bridgewater has “every reason to be optimistic” after surgery

ATLANTA, GA - NOVEMBER 29: Teddy Bridgewater #5 of the Minnesota Vikings runs out on the field pror to the game against the Atlanta Falcons at the Georgia Dome on November 29, 2015 in Atlanta, Georgia.  (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images) Getty Images

Vikings quarterback Teddy Bridgewater’s road to recovery from the knee injury that knocked him out for the season has passed one milestone.

Bridgewater had knee surgery in Texas on Thursday and Vikings trainer Eric Sugarman released a statement about the operation.

“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. I was able to be present in Dallas, support Teddy and observe the entire procedure. 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.”

General Manager Rick Spielman said that part of the reason the team traded for Sam Bradford was because Bradford is signed for next season and “no one knows how long” Bridgewater’s recovery will take. A multi-ligament reconstruction is certainly cause for concern that he won’t be ready to go for the start of the 2017 season.

The Vikings have not said whether Bradford or Shaun Hill will start Sunday’s opener against the Titans.

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34 Responses to “Teddy Bridgewater has “every reason to be optimistic” after surgery”
  1. Jeff says: Sep 9, 2016 1:33 PM

    let’s go Teddy! #skol #rehabtime

  2. bobthebillsfan says: Sep 9, 2016 1:40 PM

    The Vikings are in a “win now” mode, which is why they signed Bradford. His 2 year contract is $36M. Teddy is signed through 2017 with a club option in 2018. Bradford’s contract probably sets the low bar for what Teddy can shoot for come contract time, assuming he picks up where he left off.

  3. fartweasel says: Sep 9, 2016 1:40 PM

    Class act is Mr. Bridgewater, the NFL needs more like him. Hurry back.

  4. DrSteveBrule says: Sep 9, 2016 1:40 PM

    And he had just revealed his sweet new juke move to the world, too. Kind of like Zoolander releasing Magnum.

  5. whatjusthapped says: Sep 9, 2016 1:41 PM

    Attach a bionic arm and then he would have every reason to be optimistic. There is a reason that Teddy hasn’t thrown more than 14 TD’s in a season.

  6. packerenglishmajor says: Sep 9, 2016 1:43 PM

    Skol Teddy!
    Your future’s so bright you’ll have to wears shades!

  7. skol4life says: Sep 9, 2016 1:44 PM

    It’s great having a leader like Teddy that everyone loves and respects. Rather than a crybaby excuse making diva who kicks his brother to the curb once he gets famous.

  8. johnnyqbp says: Sep 9, 2016 1:49 PM

    Let’s get it, Teddy! Just a class act. People who hate really have no idea what you mean to this team. Find a person in the Vikings locker room who doesn’t love this guy. Go ahead. I’ll wait.

    #Teddy2017!!

  9. h0metownzero says: Sep 9, 2016 1:52 PM

    I’m really disappointed in the disgraceful manner that Viking fans are kicking Bridgewater to the curb. Now, quite suddenly, lowly Sam Bradford is a “huge upgrade”. Now, quite suddenly, Bridgewater wasn’t very important anyway.

    No loyalty.

  10. threalwash says: Sep 9, 2016 1:59 PM

    The Eagles have already paid Bradford $11 million on 9/1. Vikings are looking at $7 million this year and a decision next. That amount for a starting QB is pretty reasonable.

  11. waynefontesismyfather says: Sep 9, 2016 2:00 PM

    And we as fans of the others teams in that division have “every reason to be optimistic” that his career wasn’t trending upward anyway, that he looked like a scared child behind center all the time and this is an easy out for him.

    Just giving my opinion, guy isn’t an NFL player. He should be selling hotdogs in the stands on game day.

  12. purpleguy says: Sep 9, 2016 2:09 PM

    Can’t say I’m all that excited about the “multiple” ligament repair part of the story — hope he can recover from this.

    He was already an average NFL player in his first 2 years, likely to become an above-average, but not elite, QB in the future. We’ll see if this injury keeps him in the average category. And anyone who claims he wasn’t average, or a “scared child”, clearly didn’t watch him every game last year and must get all of their scouting reports from the Wisconsin noodle-arm brigade.

  13. filthymcnasty3 says: Sep 9, 2016 2:17 PM

    “We’ll see if this injury keeps him in the average category.”

    He won’t even be “average” this year. Availability is critically important consideration when evaluating NFL talent. Teddy has well below average availability.

  14. Susan Imbriale says: Sep 9, 2016 2:26 PM

    From a Packer fan
    I hope TB heals and gets back on the field
    No one likes to see injuries to anybody
    Except Viking fans

  15. In Teddy We Trust says: Sep 9, 2016 2:26 PM

    I have great confidence that Teddy will do the work necessary to get back to where he was, which is poised to make a big jump in his third year. The problem is, it seems unlikely that he’ll be ready for training camp next year and missing an offseason of development isn’t going to help. Perhaps he’ll start the season on the PUP and be ready to step in late in the season if something happens to Bradford.

    How good a story would that be? Maybe Bradford will get hurt right before the playoffs and Teddy will return and lead the team to the Super Bowl at US Bank Stadium! There’s some drama for you, Goodell. Make it happen.

  16. zoneread510 says: Sep 9, 2016 2:31 PM

    Hope he recovers, but when it happened, in my mind he was out all of 2016 (obviously) and 2017. Marcus Latimore (running back drafted by 49ers out of South Carolina) had a bad a gruesome knee injury his senior year. Even though they play 2 different positions (RB rely more on knees) bridgewater will still need to cut, plant, and twist with the knee. Latimore never recovered enough to play football again, but again he played RB, where bridgewater is a QB.

  17. vikesryerdaddy says: Sep 9, 2016 2:34 PM

    What are you talking about?? Most of us wanted Teddy to be our started, believed in him, and still want him to recover, come back healthy and lead the team. That said, he’s out for the season….most of us also see Bradford as a huge upgrade over Hill and want the team to be successful in Teddy’s absence….as I’m sure Teddy himself does.

  18. vikesryerdaddy says: Sep 9, 2016 2:50 PM

    h0metownzero54m ago
    I’m really disappointed in the disgraceful manner that Viking fans are kicking Bridgewater to the curb. Now, quite suddenly, lowly Sam Bradford is a “huge upgrade”. Now, quite suddenly, Bridgewater wasn’t very important anyway.

    No loyalty.
    ___________________

    Pardon my lack of posting experience, my comment was directed @h0metownzero:
    What are you talking about?? Most of us wanted Teddy to be our starter, believed in him, and still want him to recover, come back healthy and lead the team. That said, he’s out for the season….most of us also see Bradford as a huge upgrade over Hill and want the team to be successful in Teddy’s absence….as I’m sure Teddy himself does.

  19. icebowler says: Sep 9, 2016 2:51 PM

    I hope Teddy has a full recovery and is back on the field for training camp next year.

  20. pioniere says: Sep 9, 2016 2:56 PM

    Sugarman watched and said the repair was excellent? Oh good, I feel so much better now that non-surgeon put his stamp of approval on it.

  21. replacementwriter says: Sep 9, 2016 3:01 PM

    lol you packer fans say you live rent free in peoples minds but your reliably pathetic non-stop trolling of Viking articles pays the rent for PFT! Definitely some self esteem issues coming from that pit stop town where everybody bases their personal worth on a bunch of guys from out of state.

    Not surprised to see weak insults against one of the few upstanding athletes in the NFL, that’s who you are and you have been praying for an act of god to save you from the Vikings.

    Oh well stay classy packer fans… What’s class you ask? Well for starters it’s not the room where you went to school…

    What’s school you ask? It’s a place you go to get an education…

    What’s an education you ask? Nevermind this is going to be futile, let me speak to you on your level… DERP PACK DERP!!!

  22. jimmysee says: Sep 9, 2016 3:04 PM

    Go! Teddy! Go!

  23. shadywarrior says: Sep 9, 2016 3:08 PM

    Get after it, young man, you got this.

  24. 49tinakane says: Sep 9, 2016 3:14 PM

    I don’t think even if something bad was found in the knee or if the injury was worse then feared they would come out and say tell the public. Heck in 2 0r 3 months I bet you’ll hear he’s ahead of schedule for recovery. That being said its overly optimistic to expect him to be ready 12 months from now, but best of luck to him.

  25. douchebigelow says: Sep 9, 2016 3:17 PM

    He had every reason to be optimistic…except for that whole playing for the Queens thing. # SKOLOL

  26. myopinionisrighterthanyours says: Sep 9, 2016 3:25 PM

    Does it matter? They are both the same QB, only one’s 8 years older and doesn’t get hurt as much. It’s going to come down to what AP can do and what the Titans defense can do to stop him.

  27. immafubared says: Sep 9, 2016 3:25 PM

    Best of luck Teddy. See you next year. About the same time Romo gets healthy again. Now theres a guy who should retire.

  28. fmc651 says: Sep 9, 2016 3:27 PM

    Susan Imbriale says:
    Sep 9, 2016 2:26 PM
    From a Packer fan
    I hope TB heals and gets back on the field
    No one likes to see injuries to anybody
    Except Viking fans.

    ))))))))))))))

    Actually Susan it was the packer fans that were cheering when Harris hit AD in the knee and he lay hurt on the turf in Lambeau.

  29. waynefontesismyfather says: Sep 9, 2016 3:38 PM

    purpleguy says:
    …anyone who claims he wasn’t average, or a “scared child”, clearly didn’t watch him every game last year…

    You are right on that one pal. I didn’t watch any of his games last year because I don’t watch the dump I take every morning spin around in the bowl before it disappears.

    Tiny Teddy is DONE.

  30. screamingyellowzonkers says: Sep 9, 2016 3:45 PM

    As predicted.

    11 days after all of the “well wishes posts” by packer fans, and claiming they don’t wish hurt on anyone, there they are ripping on Bridgewater.

    Not surprized.

    We all know packer fans are idiots.

  31. longtimefanh8tr says: Sep 9, 2016 3:52 PM

    RG III was optimistic after his ACL surgery.

  32. mediasloppy says: Sep 9, 2016 4:01 PM

    I didn’t know trainers like Eric Sugarman had that much medical experience. I mean I know they are highly skilled, but watching the surgery is not something I’d expect. I suppose I should though when players can be worth millions of dollars.

    Hope he heals 100% before getting back in the game. I don’t want a RGIII dilemma who took a beating on his injury when it wasn’t fully healed.

  33. lindacaseauthor says: Sep 9, 2016 5:25 PM

    The filthy Cheeseheads put down Teddy, a courageous and highly talented young man, because they are clearly threatened by him. Every day they wake up from their nasty dreams that it’s 1970-1993 again, and that’s the singular reason for their blatant paranoia. Look it up. History isn’t on their side.

  34. filthymcnasty3 says: Sep 9, 2016 8:19 PM

    Bridgewater has become the new Stringer in MN – he who shall not be named. Swept under the rug.

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