Teammates disturbed by “gruesome” Bridgewater injury

AP

The Vikings’ medical staff hasn’t yet offered an official prognosis on the injury suffered by quarterback Teddy Bridgewater today, but from all accounts it was instantly obvious to everyone there that Bridgewater badly hurt his knee.

“Gruesome, according to some people there, is absolutely what it was. Players were disturbed, throwing up, not wanting to see, looking away as quickly as possible,” Ian Rapoport said on NFL Network, although Rapoport later said on Twitter that players were not actually throwing up.

After the practice, Vikings coach Mike Zimmer seemed to be fighting back tears as he talked about how Bridgewater had to be sedated after the injury. Zimmer also said he called Bridgewater’s mother, something coaches generally only do when there are serious concerns about a player’s health.

Although Zimmer said he doesn’t yet know the extent of Bridgewater’s injury, there’s little doubt that it’s very, very bad.

109 responses to “Teammates disturbed by “gruesome” Bridgewater injury

  1. Sounds like he’s gonna need some serious help with his rehab…

    “Paging Ashley Manning, paging Ashley Manning…”

  2. Man, I keep hearing how awful this injury is. I hope it’s not career ending like Dante Culpepper’s knee injury was. He was never the same after that injury.

  3. The ambulance call was for a knee dislocation. That means a lot of ligaments tore. I know he’s a quarterback, but these can be career-enders for speed positions. It sounds like he’s got a long road ahead of him.

  4. Terrible break for everyone involved.

    Hate to see a serious injury to anyone in the NFL.

    Well, other than Goodell.

  5. Sad story for this young man.

    He came into this league with very few people believing in him as an NFL QB and was able to win the division for the Vikings last year.

    I wish him a healthy and speedy recovery.

    -Signed,

    Ravens fan

  6. Hope he’s able to overcome the injury and get back on the field soon. Seems like a genuinely good guy, and not a bad QB either.

  7. It’s tragic. But, This is on Rick Spielman, and to a lesser degree Zim. Zim just said they’re not going to “stick their head in the sand.” But, that is exactly what they’ve been doing with the backup QB situation. It is unacceptable that we are going into our first season in this brand new stadium that taxpayers paid $1B for with Hill at QB. Rick’s job is to make sure that Zim has a team to coach, letting the backup QB situation slip to this is not acceptable. Teddy has never been an ironman, it was likely that he would miss at least a few games this year. And thinking they could just roll with Hill does not fly.

    Spielman needs to answer for this.

  8. I dislocated my knee playing basketball some years ago. While it does look really bad, once popped back in to place I had no structural damage.

  9. So horrible to hear. On a side note, after reading Zimmer’s comments and reading about how he’s handled/handling the situation, I wanna go run through a wall for the guy.

  10. Best of luck Teddy. Wonder if it was a non-contact drill or someone fell on him. This will lead to further debate on what players should/shouldn’t do during camp to avoid injury. Sad story regardless.

  11. I’m not a Viking fan, but seeing the reaction from others who know him, it seems like he’s a hell of a guy. He’s got a ton of people behind him.
    Hope it’s not as severe as it seems.

  12. I dislocated my knee playing basketball some years ago. While it does look really bad, once popped back in to place I had no structural damage.
    —–
    They had to bring in a trauma surgeon to work on Bridgewater.

  13. That’s rough. Sounds like maybe the trifecta – ACL/MCL/PCL – generally allows the lower leg to go places no one wants to see it go when all 3 are gone.

    Hope he recovers.

  14. The knee must have completely torn free and over-rotated. Terrible, terrible injury. I wonder how it happened non-contact.
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    Bridgewater was running, not jumping, but the closest analogy might be Shaun Livingston. No contact (other than the ground) and total knee dislocation.

  15. .
    Once you lose your QB, you’re season is pretty much over. It’s a tough break for Vikings fans.
    .

  16. I have a chronic issue with my patellas allowing my knees to dislocate. I have to be very careful when turning around even when standing still. Hopefully his tendons and cartelidge are flexible and didn’t tear as they can, but if guys were puking…

    Best of luck in recovery TB!

  17. That really sucks for Teddy….by all accounts he is a nice kid. It will be interesting to learn about how exactly the injury occurred.

  18. Hope he recovers quickly, by all accounts a great kid.

    If nothing else, the Vikings staff has a history of getting guys back to 100% after major knee injuries (see Perterson, Adrian). Hopefully he’ll be the next on in the list of successes

  19. I hate to see this injury happen to any team ;( Prayers for a full recovery!!
    A Cowboys fan……

  20. johnnyqbp says:
    Aug 30, 2016 7:12 PM

    I dislocated my knee playing basketball some years ago. While it does look really bad, once popped back in to place I had no structural damage.
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    Hope he has your luck, because everything I know about a dislocated knee is bad, very very bad.

  21. No one gave much thought to Bridgewater being anything but average at best when he was drafted – if he even became a starter – and he has been proving them wrong step by step, game by game, and turned into a guy you could count on. And did it without any dramas of any kind.

    How can you not root for a guy like that?

    We’re rooting for you in this, too, Teddy!

  22. Seems like the kind of kid who has what it takes to come back from something like this.

    Joe Thiesman played again after LT crippled him, and they didn’t have a fraction of the technology and/or medical advancements that are available to athletes today.

    Things like this are what they should allow HGH use for.

  23. Its a shame this had to happen to a really good guy, who was just really coming into his own. Get well , have a speedy recovery.

  24. Seprix says:
    Aug 30, 2016 7:06 PM
    Man, I keep hearing how awful this injury is. I hope it’s not career ending like Dante Culpepper’s knee injury was. He was never the same after that injury.
    ______
    It couldn’t have been that bad, I mean the Dolphins passed on Drew Brees for Culpepper.

  25. The way people are talking about this may be one. Of those injuries you are never the same.

    For as much people say it looked grusone I am guessing some of them heard the injury too.

  26. cowboy2016 says:
    Aug 30, 2016 7:18 PM
    Seems a bit embellished. Grown NFL men don’t throw up at seeing an injury. Oh wait, these are Millenials

    _________________

    Oh yeah because cowboy2016 is this big bad tough guy. Oh wait, that only when he’s hiding behind a screen

  27. Seriously, if your lower leg is attached and facing the wrong direction, you should be excused from all drug tests for at least a year.

  28. I think that there big concern is nerve damage with the knee. I hope that is not the case, because its not possible to predict how the nerves will respond. If PFT is going to allow politics here, then its the reaction I get when I see Mr. Trump on the tube. Bill

  29. sumkat says:
    Aug 30, 2016 7:21 PM
    Hope he recovers quickly, by all accounts a great kid.

    If nothing else, the Vikings staff has a history of getting guys back to 100% after major knee injuries (see Perterson, Adrian). Hopefully he’ll be the next on in the list of successes

    ____________________

    I’m wishing Bridgewater a speedy recovery and hope that this injury doesn’t hamper his career in anyway. But how does one guy doesn’t equal a history of success. For the way this sounding is way worse than the injury that Adrian Peterson dealt with

  30. When I read they removed him from the field by ambulance and had to sedate him, Napoleon McCallum’s injury came to mind. I hope to God that Teddy B. didn’t suffer an injury like that. If so, it could be career ending. Teddy is a class act and gentleman. He doesn’t deserve that.

  31. Sucks for this to happen to anyone, never mind the starting QB and from all accounts a great kid. For all that the Vikings trolls are some of the worst here I am sorry for all of their real fans that this had to happen going into a season where they had realistically high hopes. Hope he makes a fast and full recovery.
    A Pats fan

  32. really sucks. seems like a good kid. here is hoping for a full recovery.

    — A Packer fan

  33. Best wishes from a Pats fan. Fans of every team lose when marquee players go down.

  34. To those spewing about them stopping practice…have you ever been involved in a significant sports injury to a teammate…mentally it hits u hard…it’s a practice…they needed to regroup and collect their thoughts. Game situation they would play but these people are human…it effects you

  35. That’s too bad, hope he can recover, hate to see an injury at any time. He appeared to be really coming around as a QB and seemed to be an ok guy. Hope he can recover and that the Vikings are able to survive this and salvage their season.

    – Saints fan.

  36. “logicalvoicesays says:
    Aug 30, 2016 7:09 PM

    So they don’t believe in next man up in Minnesota? You lost a QB (Not even a top 15 one) Get over it and move on. He’s replaceable.”

    Um, maybe you missed the part about how his coaches, teammates and fans love him?

  37. I would hope that all of pack nation can agree that this sucks. Good luck with rehab Teddy.

  38. “[NFL Scouts] specifically mentioned two things to me. His lower body. Very skinny legs. But he did put on weight, but he hasn’t been able to build up his legs. As I mentioned skinny thighs, no protection around the knee and skinny calfs”

    -Matt Miller
    Feb. 2014

  39. If it’s a “clean” knee dislocation (what came over the emergency call) he could rehab in 6 weeks. I can’t imagine anyone is holding out hope for that after hearing Zim speak about the injury earlier on my way home. My father had a kneecap dislocation in College when clipped in practice. Ended his football career, but he was also a defensive lineman and the dislocation was very bad.

    Hope the young man heals quickly and can continue a young promising career. Wish the Vikings had something better than Shaun Hill as his backup – Hill can probably make it through 4-8 games and win a few, but likely hurts even a sneak into the playoffs hope for the team.

  40. Wow, I really hate to see this type of injury. As a Bengals fan, I wish Teddy a speedy recovery.

    2 starting quarterbacks injured and likely done for the season and the regular season has yet to begin.

  41. Hopefully this young man can return to the field next year. So, do the Vikings now pin their season on Hill or do they try and trade for either Mark Sanchez or Geno Smith or Colin Kaepernick?

  42. You want to beat a fellow competitor on the field, not from a hospital bed or the sidelines.
    Wishing Teddy B. a full recovery from out here in Seattle along with thoughts and prayers.

  43. An Eagles Fan here, but my heart goes out to the young man. Hope it’s not as bad as they’re reporting it to be! Prayers be with you Ted.

  44. I hope he makes a full recovery. That goes without saying. What does not is the complete lack of trolling. I’m glad that everyone is being genuinely human about his suffering.
    -a packer fan, glad his fan base is being respectful

  45. Blair Walsh Reject
    It’s due to salary cap limitations. Not what Spielman or Zim did or did not do.
    Answer for what and to who? You? Gimme a break.

  46. Sorry to hear it. From what you heard he was a good kid.

    Hope he’s ok and can come back if he wants.

    Sorry to vikes fans too

  47. I am so sorry to read this. Here’s to the best surgeon money can buy, a successful procedure, and a quick and complete recovery for Teddy Bridgewater. He was poised to do great things this season and this is a terrible loss.

    -Seahawks fan

  48. jekkerbirrus says:
    Aug 30, 2016 7:13 PM

    The knee must have completely torn free and over-rotated. Terrible, terrible injury. I wonder how it happened non-contact.
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    Mine happened on a landing from a jump out of an airplane. If you plant on crappy turf and the quad flexes and the body is rotating (mine was a gust of wind at the exact wrong moment) then wham. My teammates were also nauseous and that included the Corpsman. I tried to get up because I went into shock so quickly and 2 of them had to jump on me. I woke up in the hospital and then they reset it (thankfully they strapped me in 1st) and I went back to sleep as the drugs kicked in. All my soft tissue was damaged, but none of the ligaments fully tore (all had partials) and I tore the cartilage. Needless to say, the knee has never been the same and the military told me I would no longer be able to be considered medically qualified for my MOS, so I took a medical retirement. Teddy will not be the same after this. He is a young, athletic guy and the NFL may be able to get him back on the field eventually, but I’d put the odds below 50/50.

  49. gbjohnny says:
    Aug 30, 2016 7:51 PM

    I would hope that all of pack nation can agree that this sucks. Good luck with rehab Teddy.
    _______________

    This Packer fan is in full agreement. While we have our differences with the Vikings, this is above that. Last year, Nelson’s loss kicked me right in the gut. I have many Viking friends and while we do give each other crap, I will be supporting them through this as they supported me through Jordy’s loss. Sometimes, there is brotherhood in war.

  50. Terrible news. Hope he makes a full recovery. Hate to see this happen to good talent especially so close to the start of the season.

    – Bears fan

  51. As a proud owner of the Green Bay Packers and a Vikings hater, I really really hope he is ok, Football means nothing but your health does, he’s a young kid with his whole life ahead of him hopefully he will recover and weather in Football or not have a great life. The same goes for Tony Romo, Football is just a small part of life but these people “break” too they just have money in the bank & that doesn’t stop injuries. Bridgewater’s injury as described made me think back to a Monday Night Football game between the Raiders and the 49ers many years ago, some of you will know what I’m talking about, unfortunately it cost that man his career, but he want onto to do bigger & better things in life…..Good luck Bridgewater.

  52. Difference between he and Culpepper is that a great deal of Culpepper’s effectiveness was his threat to run (and early on RUN OVER) people being a very big dude.

    Teddy is not going to run anyone over. And in fact, he rarely even scrambles. The run in the Chargers game was about as nimble as I’ve ever seen him be.

    So, if he can rehab the knee well enough to be a pocket QB (which really is what he is) then he can come back and play. I don’t think (short of nerve damage) there is any reason to predict this to be “career ending”…

  53. Pats fan here. This is terrible news about a good young player. Wishing him a full and speedy recovery. For Vikings fans, the news could hardly have been worse.

  54. has shaun hill been practicing with the 2nd team, and cordarrelle patterson a lot. if so if there is a silver lining it is that c. patt will get more playing time.

    the vikes should also use him like the dolphins used ronnie brown years ago. can’t just let shaun hill have the ball every time. corradreelle is on the bench way, way too much.

  55. This was such a freak injury. Teddy was dropping back and he dislocated his knee and tore his ACL. No contact made. Makes me wonder if the team was hiding the truth of his condition all along. That conditioning program he went through this off season–could it have been some sort of physical therapy/rehab? Just wondering.

  56. Sorry about Teddy’s injury. No grown human being deserves injury that makes them cry.

    Vikings would lean on AP and play some defense and win some games if not more. They are well talented on the defense and a HOF running back. It is not doom and gloom.

  57. Someone asked about the injury being caused on during the Chargers game, while he wouldn’t have walked around with an ACL tear, and a dislocated knee is pretty easy to spot.

    I believe that when a noncontact injury occurs its, because something is structurally wrong with the knee. I understand rolling an ankle or doing tweaking a knee, maybe an ACL but to dislocate a knee I would imagine, that to take MUCH more than that, so while the injury didn’t occur during that game I would think its entirely possible that him planting on his left knee and juking the defender may eventually have had some impact on this,

    It sounds horrible, but I do wish I could see the video, RG3 has issues and had a bad snap do him in but I am curious because I am flabbergasted at how someone causes so much damage dropping back to pass.

  58. This hit me hard! Brought back memories of losing my favorite player to a serious knee injury…twice! My heart goes out to Teddy, and I am praying for a speedy and complete recovery! I am also keeping his teammates, coaches, family, friends, and fans in my thoughts and prayers during this difficult time!

    I agree with what others have said here…it is nice that there is no trolling! 🙂

  59. Sorry To Hear About Your Bad Serious Injury Teddy Well Wishes & Good Fortune To Make A Full Recovery And That You May Continue To Play Football Once You Are Fully Healed Keep Your Head Up Man. Fron A Patriots Fan

  60. logicalvoicesays says:
    Aug 30, 2016 7:09 PM

    So they don’t believe in next man up in Minnesota? You lost a QB (Not even a top 15 one) Get over it and move on. He’s replaceable.
    ^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^
    Teams have won SB with worse ranked QBs than #15. The point for Vikings is they now have to play a guy ranked #49. The team as structured with Teddy under center was perfect. So your comment is a tad bit mis-guided. Now if Shaun King is Warner 2.0, I’ll be shocked.

    Get well Teddy.

  61. It’s my fault, I drafted him in FFL.

    My apologies to Teddy, the Vikings organization, the great state of Minnesota, and the entire Bridgewater family.

    Get well soon Teddy.

  62. I dislocated my knee, blew and ACL and the MCL all at once playing BBall.

    I was playing again within a year. He can come back but it’s not fun.

    ======================

    Yeah, but not at a professional level.

    I too blew out my ACL and MCL playing hockey and to this day it gives me grief.

  63. radrntn says:
    Aug 30, 2016 7:27 PM
    based on everything you are hearing, sounds more like a broken leg, then knee injury
    ^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^
    Of the many articles on this injury that I’ve read the past few days, this has to be the most ignorant comment yet. The Viks wish it was just a broken leg, because then he’d be back in 6 -10 weeks.

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