Teddy Bridgewater out with ankle injury, Christian Ponder in

AP

Teddy Bridgewater’s first start at quarterback for the Vikings has been a rousing success for three-plus quarters, but there might not be a happy ending for him.

Bridgewater has been taken to the locker room on a cart halfway through the fourth quarter of the team’s game against the Falcons. He was getting his left ankle looked at on the sideline before being ushered off the field.

That means Christian Ponder, the last Vikings first-round quarterback, is in the game as the Vikes try to protect a 35-28 lead that they got on their previous possession. Bridgewater drove the team to the one-yard line and they went for it on a fourth down plunge by Matt Asiata for the touchdowns. Bridgewater appeared to get hurt on third down when he was trying to run for a touchdown, but remained in the game to throw a two-point conversion to Rhett Ellison.

Bridgewater has been brilliant in his starting debut, hitting on 19-of-30 passes for 317 yards and running for a touchdown. The Vikings hope it, and not Ponder running the offense, is a sign of things to come in the next few weeks.

UPDATE 7:31 p.m. ET: Bridgewater has returned to the sideline and KFAN is reporting that x-rays were negative on the ankle. It’s believed to be a sprain and the Vikings have extended their lead to 38-28 after a 55-yard Blair Walsh field goal.

44 responses to “Teddy Bridgewater out with ankle injury, Christian Ponder in

  1. Teddy Bridgewater is the best QB in the NFL.

    …And it’s not even close.

    I called it since the beginning of the draft.

    That we would draft the growing legend in Teddy Bridgewater.

    The next Joe Montana.

    I was correct.

    The Minnesota Vikings Dynasty has finally begun.

    I’ve said it from the beginning.

    We are winning the Super Bowl this year.

    No questions asked.

    Skol Vikings!

    The Most Historic Team in all of Sports.

    The Best Franchise in sports.

    The Minnesota Vikings.

    Bow down to us, peasants.

    #Skol

  2. All of Wisconsin was standing and cheering when they saw Teddy get carted off. Because they know if Teddy doesn’t play Thursday, the pack can win… If Teddy plays, the pack has no chance!

  3. Props to Ponder for being a professional and coming in helping the team out. Bridgewater was absolutely FANTASTIC today. A few throws could’ve been INTs but you have to be happy with his first start, as fans of football lets hope this kid recovers so that GB-MIN game on Thursday will be fun to watch!

    Today for the first time the Vikings had an amazing offense for all quarters and for the first time in a while they played like a TEAM. So many injuries but the team stepped up. Viking fans I think you guys have a bright future!

  4. Bridgewater and the Vikings played a great game, but the fact that Ponder is still on the team means that he may get the chance to play QB.

    They should have cut him a while ago.. but congrats true Vikings fans your team played well today.

  5. The Falcons defense is the worst in the NFL. NT Paul Soliai & DE Tyson Jackson are letting Anyman Asiata run everywhere & pass rushers don’t exist. 4 TDs scored and a loss.

  6. Let us all bow our heads to Teddy Bridgewater’s three quarter Hall Of Fame career. R.I.P Teddy Time, football fans appreciated it while it was there.

    Now let us all LOL at the Vikings, more specifically everything Christian Ponder does from this point on.

  7. Yep, too bad his Pro Day wasn’t good or his hands are too small. Wonder what the Browns, Raiders, etc. are going to tell their fans in the coming years about why they passed on this guy.

  8. thepftpoet says:
    Sep 28, 2014 7:27 PM
    Teddy Bridgewater is the best QB in the NFL.

    …And it’s not even close.

    I called it since the beginning of the draft.

    That we would draft the growing legend in Teddy Bridgewater.

    The next Joe Montana.

    I was correct.

    The Minnesota Vikings Dynasty has finally begun.

    I’ve said it from the beginning.

    We are winning the Super Bowl this year.

    No questions asked.

    Skol Vikings!

    The Most Historic Team in all of Sports.

    The Best Franchise in sports.

    The Minnesota Vikings.

    Bow down to us, peasants.

    #Skol

    POET…Guessing you were out of the country when Peterson indicted????…Or NE kinda derailed the dynasty a bit?

    Good job vs Falcons….a team you should have beaten w/Matt Cassel.

    PS…Whatever is is you take…I want some of that stuff

  9. only posting this to spite pftpoet, because i legit hope his ankle gets better, i just hope he fails as a quarterback:

    soft, because a worthless ankle injury is clearly worse than a collarbone.

  10. dethsupport says:
    Sep 28, 2014 7:43 PM

    The kid wins his first game. The defense holds an upper echelon offense. It’s been a good day.
    ________

    Giving up 28 points isn’t holding an upper echelon offense.

  11. vikescry1 says:
    Sep 28, 2014 7:45 PM
    with the 1st pick in the 2015 draft the minnesota vikings select???
    —-
    Do you really think the vikings would trade up with the packers to get that first overall pick?

  12. Smart move keeping Ponder. Not only a third guy but someone who knows the offense and can step in on a short notice. Now if they can trade Pederson for a 1 pick then they will have another great year in the draft and be super bowl contenders from here on out.

  13. You got to love viking fans.

    They are like the little engine that could…..i think i can…..i think I can…..

    God bless them. Each and every one of them.

    They are so cute when they have hope in their hearts.

  14. Teddy looked poised, steady and made great passes in the pre season bringing the team back twice to win so why are people now so shocked at how well he is playing.
    If he wasn’t any good the Vikes would not have bent over backwards to get him. They knew something. Again Spielman did his homework and beat everyone else in the draft for the third year in a row. Cordel Patterson, Bridgewater, Kalill, Smith, Walsh.

    The Vikes are SB contenders.

  15. Uh…no. The Vikes are not “SB contenders.” Not today…not tomorrow…not next month or the month after that either. They might be a step ahead of the Bears, but not the Packers or Lions.

  16. The Steelers are Marching. 7 rings. SFL 2015: restoring the game we created. says: Sep 28, 2014 9:19 PM

    Bust.
    ============================
    You must be referring to the entire Steeler team after getting beat by the previously winless Buc’s!!

  17. Teddy was NOT fantastic today. He was good and he made some nice plays but it was Wright, Asiata and McKinnon that shined. Teddy has no arm beyond 20 yards.

  18. Pack fans cant just suck it up and admit that Teddy looked the part and had a nice game in his 1st NFL start. Still being nasty. Im most excited about the Vikes D…..had a nice effort today against the leagues #1 scoring Offense coming in and really played pretty well against some of the best WRs in the game. Pretty much impossible to totally shut down Atlanta’s passing attack……but they did enough to get a big win.

  19. Teddy was NOT fantastic today. He was good and he made some nice plays but it was Wright, Asiata and McKinnon that shined. Teddy has no arm beyond 20 yards

    Oh OK….I’ll take it regardless. Keep on saying he has no arm and small hands….SKOL

  20. staffordsyear says: Sep 28, 2014 10:19 PM

    A scrambling qb in the nfc north? Lol!!!. Stupid Vikings fans just crack me up.

    Keep on hating…..love it. 317 yards in his first game…I’ll take it.

  21. frag·ile
    ˈfrajəl,-ˌjīl

    adjective
    (of an object) easily broken or damaged.
    synonyms: breakable, easily broken
    antonyms: durable, robust

    flimsy or insubstantial; easily destroyed.
    “you have a fragile grip on reality”
    synonyms: tenuous, shaky, insecure, unreliable, vulnerable, flimsy
    “the fragile ceasefire”

    (of a person) not strong or sturdy; delicate and vulnerable.
    synonyms: weak, delicate, frail, debilitated

    Sounds about right. I just hope he can get back on the field for Thursday’s game so we don’t have to listen to excuses on Friday morning.

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