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Rick Spielman: No timeline for Teddy Bridgewater’s return

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Vikings quarterback Teddy Bridgewater suffered a serious knee injury in August. It’s now March, and the Vikings still don’t know when Bridgewater might be back.

Minnesota General Manager Rick Spielman said on PFT Live that Bridgewater’s recovery simply isn’t something they can put on a schedule.

“Teddy is working extremely hard on getting back on the field,” Spielman said. “There is no timeline. I don’t think you can put a timeline on this injury. I think every player heals differently. They’re not robots. You can’t say, ‘I fixed this car, it should be running fine.’ But I know he’s doing everything he can and our medical staff is trying to accelerate the process as quickly as they can. Knowing Teddy and what kind of character he has and how important this game is to him, he’s going to do everything he can to get back on the field. But that time is unknown.”

For now, Spielman said he’s confident in Sam Bradford. The Vikings would love to reach a point where both Bradford and Bridgewater are ready to go, but they don’t know when that time might be.

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  1. irishgary says: Mar 2, 2017 7:33 AM

    I would be embarrassed to have Spielman as my GM

  2. weepingjebus says: Mar 2, 2017 7:37 AM

    I would like to see him play again, but it is not clear he will. If the Vikings draft a QB we will know the truth.

  3. v2787 says: Mar 2, 2017 7:49 AM

    I like Bridgewater, but I really believe Bradford is a better QB overall. I’m glad the Vikes have Sam, and I expect big things from his this year IF Spielman can get an offensive line to protect him. Give Bradford time to throw and he’ll pick your defense apart. Last year he didn’t have that luxury because apparently nobody on the line could block. Let’s hope that changes this time around.

  4. whatjusthapped says: Mar 2, 2017 7:58 AM

    Given the severity of the injury, there is also a chance that he might never make it back but nobody seems to want to even mention that. The vaunted Viking offense will truly miss his 14 TD passes per year.

  5. hbudgess says: Mar 2, 2017 8:04 AM

    I certainly don’t see keeping both QB s past this 2017 season. It will play out with a trade, assuming Teddy can play.

  6. Purple People Eaters says: Mar 2, 2017 8:08 AM

    Praying for a full recovery. No offense to Bradford, but I don’t think Sammy sleeves is the answer.

  7. 1969nflchampionskansascitychiefs says: Mar 2, 2017 8:10 AM

    Is there a timeline for their first actual, legitimate NFL Championship?

    The Vikings have ZERO Championships.

    ZERO.

    (1969 Championship was the same as NFC Championship, the Vikings lost to the Chiefs that year! Don’t even go there desperate Viking fans!)

  8. nhpats says: Mar 2, 2017 8:14 AM

    Teddy seems like a nice kid….but why would the Vikings want him back anyway? He averaged less than a single TD per game for two entire seasons. That won’t cut it in the NFL.

  9. medialovesthecowboys says: Mar 2, 2017 8:27 AM

    I think Bridgewater is done. Such a shame.

  10. coachkilla6 says: Mar 2, 2017 8:38 AM

    Tiny Teddy should probably concentrate on learning how to walk again. Then he can maybe resume throwing 15 yard bombs and 20 yard Hail Mary’s down the field.

  11. juice08 says: Mar 2, 2017 8:51 AM

    because “never” isn’t an option?

  12. ariani1985 says: Mar 2, 2017 8:57 AM

    More importantly will there be a timeline for the Packers on getting their head out of the humiliation jar?

  13. seanskol says: Mar 2, 2017 9:10 AM

    If Teddy doesn’t come back, who will the Vikes get to leave the pocket too early, only to check down to complete a 3-yard pass? This guy is so overrated by the local fans and media. Who gives a damn about a high completion percentage if you can’t or won’t throw a pass longer than 7 yards? I remember when he tried to throw a hail mary pass at the end of a game a couple years ago. I was watching with my old man, and Teddy threw from his own 45 yard line. I told the old man “He won’t be able to get it to the end zone.” The old man says “No way. He’s an NFL quarterback!” Result: ball barely reaches the 5 yard line. As a huge Vikes fan – stick to Bradford.

  14. artvan15 says: Mar 2, 2017 9:23 AM

    They already know Bridgewater is not the guy.

  15. RandyinRoxbury says: Mar 2, 2017 9:27 AM

    Translated means we really need to find a QB.

  16. queervikes says: Mar 2, 2017 9:46 AM

    As much as I loved the Viking meltdown last season, I hope Teddy gets to play again and makes a full recovery.
    -Packer fan

  17. atthemurph says: Mar 2, 2017 9:57 AM

    Bridgewater is lucky to be alive. His leg will probably never be the same. He has already missed one full season and will likely miss another.

    Being two years out of the game at the Qb position is not going to be easy to recover from, let alone recovering from a dislocated knee.

    My guess is he will never play at a high level, although I never thought he was going to be a high level QB to begin with. But I will miss that sleek, gloved look he sported, sort of like Princess Diana.

  18. aliveguy24 says: Mar 2, 2017 9:58 AM

    Such a shame.

  19. Should I Be Offended by Redskins? says: Mar 2, 2017 9:59 AM

    I am in the corner that believes he will be back. With Bradford, they don’t have to rush him.

  20. dawoger says: Mar 2, 2017 10:07 AM

    What ever they choose to do we know it will bring another of the many Lombardi trophies they have in their vast Lombardi trophy room……….skolololololol

  21. cardinealsfan20 says: Mar 2, 2017 10:08 AM

    Please get Teddy out of Minnesota before Spielman and Zimmer ruin him. Teddy is a fantastic guy. He’s also more than capable of throwing a deep ball, watch any U of L game where he continually dropped balls right into Devante Parker and others.

  22. nflpoker says: Mar 2, 2017 10:09 AM

    If they do draft a QB in the 4th, or 5th rounds that will basically tell how things stand to a degree. If it’s the 3rd, alarm bells will probably go off. They do have an extra pick pick in both the 3rd and 4th rounds. If they pick one in the 6th or 7th rounds, that could mean anything or nothing.

    Who knows what Spielman will do anyway. I cannot see him not drafting an OL, DT, LB, and RB. But then again, we are talking about Spielman. He will screw up the OL pick for sure. Due to the fact I already mentioned 4 out of the 8 picks he has, he will probably draft a QB anyway. The question is, where.

    We’ll see how FA shakes out.

  23. sdsmooth says: Mar 2, 2017 10:13 AM

    I’m quoting the St. Paul Pioneer Press:

    “Loserville”.

    Don’t blame the messenger.

  24. clayjtitan66 says: Mar 2, 2017 10:14 AM

    Fire 🔥 Spielman the worst GM in sports.

  25. nyneal says: Mar 2, 2017 10:15 AM

    BTW — I watched the video.
    Spielman looks like he ran into Ray Rice, Darelle Revis or Joe Mixon before he made it to the studio.

  26. nyneal says: Mar 2, 2017 10:16 AM

    And there is a timeline for the Vikings forgetting to hand in their draft selection on time, too.
    That one still makes me laugh!!!

  27. nflpoker says: Mar 2, 2017 10:22 AM

    There was a WR out of Arkansas named Greg Childs, who the Vikings drafted a few years ago. He was really turning heads in practice. Then while going out for a pass in practice, he dislocated his kneecap. At that point his NFL career was over before it started. That happened to another player in the NFL. The career ended like that.

    Unfortunately, Teddy is probably going end up the same way, unfortunately.

    BTW, what is it with all this trolling. Get a life.

  28. aypeeswhippingstick says: Mar 2, 2017 10:52 AM

    He has no reason to want to come back until Rick finishes his studies in how to draft offensive linemen.

  29. nyneal says: Mar 2, 2017 11:41 AM

    ariani1985 says:
    Mar 2, 2017 8:57 AM
    More importantly will there be a timeline for the Packers on getting their head out of the humiliation jar?

    ________________________________________

    Let me get this straight. The Packers — the team with the most championships in NFL history — and the team which lost to the NFC team which went to the Super Bowl and had a huge lead over the Pats before their coach lost his senses — have their heads in a “humiliation jar”?

    I think your confused. That isn’t a humiliation jar. They’re drinking out of all their championship glasses.

    Meanwhile, the Vikings — who have never won an NFL championship — are excellent at golf. That’s because they always get an early start down in Florida during playoff time.

    Let’s see — your name has 1985 in it. So that must mean you were born in 1985. That’s good. Because it means you didn’t get to see all the Vikings losing years since 1961. But don’t worry. You have a lot of years ahead of you to watch them lose and choke.

  30. cardinealsfan20 says: Mar 2, 2017 11:46 AM

    If you put Spielman, Zimmer, and Teddy in a room together Teddy would by far be the smartest person there. Substitute a porcupine for Teddy and the porcupine would be smarter.

    Spielman and Grigson were somehow separated at birth. Zimmer is simply a loathsome human being.

  31. In Teddy We Trust says: Mar 2, 2017 11:47 AM

    nflpoker says:
    Mar 2, 2017 10:22 AM

    There was a WR out of Arkansas named Greg Childs, who the Vikings drafted a few years ago. He was really turning heads in practice. Then while going out for a pass in practice, he dislocated his kneecap. At that point his NFL career was over before it started. That happened to another player in the NFL. The career ended like that.
    ________

    Greg Childs tore the patellar tendons in both knees on that play. He had also suffered a patellar tendon injury in college. The injury is not the same as Teddy’s, he suffered it in both knees, and he was a wide receiver. There’s really no comparison to be made.

  32. In Teddy We Trust says: Mar 2, 2017 11:52 AM

    We’ve always known this is a 12-18 month injury. Because it’s so unique, there’s really no way to know when Teddy will be ready to come back or what the long-term effects of the injury will be. I would love it if the Vikings could work out a contract extension with him that wouldn’t put them at much risk but could reward him if he’s able to come back.

    Yes, I would much rather have a quarterback whose leg was severed at the knee on my team than Adrian Peterson.

  33. filthymcnasty3 says: Mar 2, 2017 11:52 AM

    I can’t believer the hometown newspaper referred to MN as “Loserville, USA”. What sort of people live in Loserville?

  34. granadafan says: Mar 2, 2017 12:13 PM

    I’m not a Vikings fan but am a football fan first. I hope he can come back and have a chance to make a career for himself. I hate to see a player’s career cut short before he can be properly developed.

  35. jgat12 says: Mar 2, 2017 12:16 PM

    Gb fans are just salty they’re going to lose tj lang in a week. You can’t fault him for wanting to live in another place where homes have modern commodities such as electricity and running water.

  36. truthbetold109 says: Mar 2, 2017 12:41 PM

    jgat12 says:
    Mar 2, 2017 12:16 PM
    Gb fans are just salty they’re going to lose tj lang in a week. You can’t fault him for wanting to live in another place where homes have modern commodities such as electricity and running water.
    ________________

    You must not have been following things closely because TJ wants to stay in GB. Always a dumb ad hom attack on the Pack form vikings fans. I suppose when your team doesn’t make the playoffs that is all you really have left. That is slightly different from “wide left”.

  37. frank booth says: Mar 2, 2017 12:48 PM

    nyneal says:
    Mar 2, 2017 11:41 AM
    ariani1985 says:
    Mar 2, 2017 8:57 AM
    More importantly will there be a timeline for the Packers on getting their head out of the humiliation jar?
    ________________________________________
    Let me get this straight. The Packers — the team with the most championships in NFL history — and the team which lost to the NFC team which went to the Super Bowl and had a huge lead over the Pats before their coach lost his senses — have their heads in a “humiliation jar”?
    I think your confused. That isn’t a humiliation jar. They’re drinking out of all their championship glasses.
    Meanwhile, the Vikings — who have never won an NFL championship — are excellent at golf. That’s because they always get an early start down in Florida during playoff time.
    Let’s see — your name has 1985 in it. So that must mean you were born in 1985. That’s good. Because it means you didn’t get to see all the Vikings losing years since 1961. But don’t worry. You have a lot of years ahead of you to watch them lose and choke.
    ==================================
    ariani1985 isn’t a Vikings fan or even a football fan. He gets everything wrong.

  38. ariani1985 says: Mar 2, 2017 12:49 PM

    NY nimwit,

    Bragging about championships from a time when any current high school team could wax the floor with them!

  39. frank booth says: Mar 2, 2017 1:32 PM

    Really? Which high school teams? Tell us about these teams, their players, and why you think they would have beaten them. Obviously, you’ve seen many of these teams for yourself, as well as been to many games of those eras. It’s great to have someone who lived in that era and saw these teams personally enlighten those of us who weren’t able to see this.

  40. purpleguy says: Mar 2, 2017 1:40 PM

    Geez, if Spielman is a dope and MN is “loserville” as the regular old cheeser trolls say, I wonder how they feel about their team losing 50% of their games to said team the last two years? Does that make TT super-dopey and Green Bay title town with an asterisk?

  41. patriotsivan says: Mar 2, 2017 2:02 PM

    reported on this very website was fact that Bridgewater’s injury was so gruesome, grown men that witnessed were vomiting. should be happy if can even walk again.

  42. shaggytoodle says: Mar 2, 2017 2:09 PM

    Who do the Vikings fans prefer at QB?

    They both cost first round picks, both have had injury issues. Theodore has more room for improvement.

  43. grandpabw says: Mar 2, 2017 3:21 PM

    irishgary says:
    Mar 2, 2017 7:33 AM

    “I would be embarrassed to have Spielman as my GM.”

    Irishgary, I would be embarrassed to have a mor*n like you as a family member.

  44. Frazier28/7 says: Mar 2, 2017 5:08 PM

    Vikings are interested in tj Lang and okung from what they’re saying. You guys planning on going with randall and gunter next year? That’s funny. Maybe you can convert more basketball players.

    A lot of sore loser packer fans live here and hate it yet their income tax builds us stadiums. Classic. And, yeah. One championship since 1996. Pretty impressive to win one in 20 years. And 2 in a half of a century since ’67. Wow.

  45. frank booth says: Mar 2, 2017 5:24 PM

    I like your arbitrary cut off in championships.

    The team with converted basketball players beat your team last year and took your division championship.

    How about the Vikings with zero championships since 1961.

    Green Bay has 3 NFL Championships and 4 Super Bowl victories in that time.

    (Insert comment about 1969 Vikings NFL Championship here)

  46. shaggytoodle says: Mar 2, 2017 6:01 PM

    Frazier28/7 says:
    Mar 2, 2017 5:08 PM
    Vikings are interested in tj Lang and okung from what they’re saying. You guys planning on going with randall and gunter next year? That’s funny. Maybe you can convert more basketball players.

    A lot of sore loser packer fans live here and hate it yet their income tax builds us stadiums. Classic. And, yeah. One championship since 1996. Pretty impressive to win one in 20 years. And 2 in a half of a century since ’67. Wow
    ___________________

    Coming from someone whos likely never been able to watch the Viking play in a SB in their life.

    Maybe GB will convert more basketball players. They have been more successful dding that. than Minnesota has been converting 1st QBs and WRs into successful NFL players last 8 or so seasons.

    That hooperball plaayer had more TDs more yards, and caught more passes in his rookie year than Treadwell, and he plays defense.

  47. alfredogarciashead says: Mar 3, 2017 7:12 AM

    If you watched Bradford play last year TBW isn’t even in the same league. Spielman keeps pumping up TBW to distract the fans from the fact that he passed on Carr and once again proved that he is clueless when it comes to identifying a quality QB. Everybody in the league was passing on TBW after his combine, but not Trader Rick. He was patting himself on the back after the draft as if he had pulled off another one of his slick draft day moves, you know like the one that netted Cordarrelle Patterson.

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