When the Vikings announced the extent of quarterback Teddy Bridgewater’s knee injury on Tuesday, they didn’t say that Bridgewater’s season was over even though his torn ACL and dislocated knee made it all but certain.
The Vikings have now gone ahead and made it official. The team announced on Wednesday afternoon that Bridgewater has been placed on injured reserve. While teams can hold off on designating a player to return thanks to a rule change this season, the player must be placed on IR after the cut to 53 players so Bridgewater will spend the foreseeable future rehabbing with 2017 in his sights.
Minnesota also formally announced the expected return of Brad Sorensen to the quarterback room. Sorensen was waived this week, but reports after Tuesday’s injury indicated he would come back if he cleared waivers.
Sorensen joins Shaun Hill and rookie Joel Stave on the active roster while Taylor Heinicke remains on the non-football injury list after hurting his foot while kicking a door.
The Vikings also placed defensive lineman Scott Crichton and defensive back Antone Exum on injured reserve after they passed through waivers unclaimed.