Vikings officially place Teddy Bridgewater on injured reserve

Getty Images

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.

79 responses to “Vikings officially place Teddy Bridgewater on injured reserve

  1. Injured reserve. Joey Bosa would hold out, and Johnny Manziel wouldn’t show up.

    Teddy and Vikes fans don’t deserve this…but they can rally behind “we’ll find a way.”

  2. Alright already but who are the Vikings close to trading for at quarterback, they’re not going the whole season with Hill, Staave and Sorenson??????????

  3. As a Viking 4life since 1968 I have been saying for 25 years “it’s always something!” By the way I have a deal with God in that I won’t die until the Vikings win the Super Bowl-in essence I will live forever-however I would take that Super Bowl victory just one sweet time!

  4. Fans of all teams lose out when marquee players go down no matter which team they play for.

  5. For as much as I was unimpressed with Bridgewater, Stave is a complete disaster. Rick Spielman should be fired for even signing the guy in the first place. Seriously, the Packer’s 4th string Qb is better than T Jackson (not saying much but hey, the Vikings moved up in the second round to draft that loser) and lights out compared to Stave.

  6. Seattle fans felt the same way as the Viking fans, that we’d never win a SB, and then lighting struck.

    Keep your chins up Viking fans, as you’ve got a great defense, which is a good basis for building any team. AND, this season hasn’t even begun. If Denver’s great defense could accomplish a trip to the SB, why not the Vikings. What have you to lose? Time to rally around yourselves…you’re all you got…you’re all you need!

    Best of luck!

  7. Hope he makes a full recovery. I feel badly for him and the Vikings fans. To have such high hopes dashed just before the season starts. You never know, remember when Trent Green went down and everyone thought the Rams were SOL?
    It worked out for the team and their fans.
    Good Luck

  8. You have to wonder, if he makes a full recovery, how this could have an effect on future cap space.

    I hate to be so cynical but I’m looking for a silver lining

  9. How difficult is it to replace a qb that throws less than 1 td a game and hands off to running backs at least 30 times a game? Sorry to see him hurt but he aint no Tom Brady, Cam Newton or anything!

  10. I understand everyone had high hopes, but the Vikings don’t as much of their QBs. 14 TDs, fewest pass attempts of any season long starter, and handing it off over 400 times.

    While development wise this is a HUGE setback, production wise there are QBs that will be able to do what Theodore did in that offense last year.

  11. Well, at least this team will be a spoiler to some teams trying to make the playoffs. If the Vikings make the playoffs it will be somewhat of a longer shot. I thought for sure Teddy would have went down and got injured by a hit, not by non contact.

  12. Lions fan here. Best of luck, Viking fans. This is a terrible break for the young man and yourselves.

    BTW, we’ve never even sniffed a super bowl and I hate playing the Vikes because you just don’t quit. The Vikes are always a force against us. Plus, I wish we had your coach and attitude!

  13. My condolences to the Vikes season. This is just a shiddy thing to have happen. Hope Teddy is ready to go next season.
    Yes, I was very much looking forward to another potential playoff battle against the Seahawks.

    Sincerely,
    12’s

  14. PFF type data is used by NFL execs/GMS and Teddy grades out great. The Vikes O-Line graded out awful for pass blocking. The deep ball was the only thing missing from Teddy’s arsenal last year, he had under 20 attempted last year (there just wasn’t enough time for them to develop.) I personally don’t like stats, but many of the sheep who post here do. People are too quick to agree with whatever narrative the media points out, or whatever the draft experts think. Problem is they’re just as lazy as you, they read box scores and watch highlights most the time, then provide “expert opinions”.

    Watch several games for yourself and you’ll see this kid has talent.

  15. shaggytoodle says:

    I understand everyone had high hopes, but the Vikings don’t as much of their QBs. 14 TDs, fewest pass attempts of any season long starter, and handing it off over 400 times.

    While development wise this is a HUGE setback, production wise there are QBs that will be able to do what Theodore did in that offense last year.

    It’s not about raw box score stats, unfortunately. The problems that dictated how the offense ran were seemingly resolved and Teddy was poised to take the next step in his development. His high mental acumen has always been his greatest asset, he’ll be fine unless the injury messes with his head. Only time will tell, unfortunately.

  16. This is just another way for Vikings to win Super Bowl without Teddy. Not saying he’s not good, but to fool the opposing teams. Mark my word. We have trust and faith in Zim.

  17. I would do what i could to pry Bradford loose.

    With a good o line he would make the basic throws and more that we were hoping to get from Teddy.

  18. tjacks7 says:
    It’s not about raw box score stats, unfortunately. The problems that dictated how the offense ran were seemingly resolved and Teddy was poised to take the next step in his development.
    ____
    I am not sold on that, because last year when AP came back passing the ball, would have been easier for the Vikings offense. Fans heard about it all offseason just because someone is poised doesn’t mean it happens the same could have been said for VY, Sanchez Freeman, and, Tannehill.

  19. “Teddy and Vikes fans don’t deserve this…but they can rally behind “we’ll find a way.””

    Teddy seems like a good guy and doesn’t deserve this. His teammates don’t. Probably some Viking fans don’t also.

  20. Pats fan here, wishing Teddy a full recovery. He’s a good dude.

    Vikings fans, don’t give up hope for making the playoffs! Bridgewater isn’t the reason you did so last season, and he wouldn’t have been the reason this year, either. Shaun Hill knows how to play the position, and you still have that stout D.

  21. That’s too bad for Teddy, what a horrible injury and no contact.
    I am not a Vikings fan, but I feel bad for them with this.
    The guy deserved better than this, to have to sit out the entire season. I had a smashed patella, and I know what he is going to go through, I wish him the best for next season.

  22. ..
    Maybe the Vikings weren’t going to win the Super Bowl this year. However, it seemed that they were on the right track and would have given their fans 16 highly competitive games.. Injuries suck.
    .

  23. gettingzygiwithit says:
    Aug 31, 2016 6:58 PM
    You can see that Teddy has “it”.
    His teammates love him,
    __________

    Just because he is liked doesn’t mean he has “it” players who do, often leave their stamp on a game. Lynch, Big Ben, Favre, Gronk Rosgers, and AP. Hell even Kaep had “it” at one point. If Theodore has “it” he certainly didn’t show it lasy year.

  24. DO NOT RUSH the recovery process Teddy!!!
    Take your time and get to 100%. Know that you are able to move and run (kinda) like you once did before this injury.
    Best of Luck with the recovery and hope to watch you play again!!!

    NFL FAN

  25. The Vikings are still contenders for the NFC North this year because of the strength of the rest of the team. Teddy was good but not great, and a competent game manager can still lead them to the playoffs. I say this as a Packers fan who’s been burned by relatively unknown QBs before who happen to have the game of their lives against the Pack. The Vikings might be down right now but they’re far from out.

  26. I’m going to take a wild guess that a big piece of the reason Bridgewater doesn’t have nerve or artery damage is that Minnesota’s training staff did their jobs exceptionally well. I think those folks deserve a shout out. What happened to Teddy Bridgewater was awful, but thanks to the white hats it’s not a career ending type of awful.

  27. gettingzygiwithit says:
    Aug 31, 2016 6:32 PM

    PFF type data is used by NFL execs/GMS and Teddy grades out great. The Vikes O-Line graded out awful for pass blocking. The deep ball was the only thing missing from Teddy’s arsenal last year, he had under 20 attempted last year (there just wasn’t enough time for them to develop.) I personally don’t like stats, but many of the sheep who post here do. People are too quick to agree with whatever narrative the media points out, or whatever the draft experts think. Problem is they’re just as lazy as you, they read box scores
    and watch highlights most the time, then provide “expert opinions”.

    Watch several games for yourself and you’ll see this kid has talent.
    ==================================
    PFF had Teddy at 16th among QB’s last year; that’s average, not great.

    PFF had the Vikings’ passing 0-line ranked at 16th last year. That’s average, not awful.

  28. So if the Vikings do well and either win 10 games or make the playoffs, I am wondering if people will still give Bridgewater the credit for “being a winner” or will they accept the team is good enough to win even with a mediocre QB and that Teddy benefits from playing on that team.

  29. And no, stats don’t tell the whole story, but they can tell a fair portion. For instance, 8 of 14 of Teddy’s TD’s came in 4 games against the Bears and the Lions. Intangibles are great, but you need to produce. I’m not quite sure what “it” is. Teddy seems to be a breath of fresh air as far as athletes go. Maybe he’s the guy you’d want to date your daughter, but not QB your team.

    The Vikings go as far as the defense and running game will take them. Teddy couldn’t get the Vikings into the end zone against Seattle, putting everything on Blair Walsh. He played horribly against Green Bay in the last game of the season- the running game and defense scored TD’s. Those were the two most critical games of the season. If you have “it”, wouldn’t that be the best time to show “it”? Also, the Vikings had a bottom 10 red-zone scoring offense. Isn’t that on their “leader”?

  30. Teddy couldn’t get the Vikings into the end zone against Seattle, putting everything on Blair Walsh.

    —-

    Every coach and team would have settled for a FG to win that game. That’s also on coaching and play calling which Teddy is not in control of. The Vikings landed the perfect QB, the guy you want to lead your team and the guy you want to date your daughter.

    Of and speaking of PFF, I should note that according to them, Teddy only threw one bad pass the entire day against Seattle.

  31. As far as PFF, if you dig deeper into Teddy’s 16th ranking, you’ll see that he simply didn’t have the volume to be higher. Unfortunately for him, he’s on a team that runs the ball and plays great defense. He was also behind a very poor line which he made look serviceable at times, as per PFF he’s a top 3 QB when under pressure and he faced more pressure than any QB in the league due to the line. He was also the most accurate passer in the league. In time, his stays will follow for those of you fantasy footballers, but for those of us who still enjoy real football, we have nothing to worry about with Teddy under center.

  32. All these people citing box score stats and raw numbers need to settle down.

    You make it sound as if no one else was allowed to watch the Viking games last season.

  33. I’m a Packers fan and I feel really bad for Bridgewater. He’s a classy kid who is very well grounded, unlike so many arrogant pros in the NFL.
    I wish him a full recovery and hope he’s back out there for the Vikings next year.

  34. its a shame what happened to Bridgewater I hope he makes it back, but please all these comments from Vikings fans saying ” Pack fan here, really wanted to play the Vikes at full strength” , please stop, When Jordy Nelson went down nobody wished him well, so stop with the pretending.

  35. tjacks7 says:
    Aug 31, 2016 8:39 PM
    As far as PFF, if you dig deeper into Teddy’s 16th ranking, you’ll see that he simply didn’t have the volume to be higher. Unfortunately for him, he’s on a team that runs the ball and plays great defense. He was also the most accurate passer in the league. In time, his stays will follow for those of you fantasy footballers, but for those of us who still enjoy real football, we have nothing to worry about with Teddy under center.

    ______
    Which is it? A few weeks ago I said Rodgers threw the ball over a 100 times more than Theodore which is why Teddy has the better Yrds Per Pass Attempt, yet that didn’t matter to Viking fans. Tems have protected young QBs with strong run games and good defenses for years, Big Ben, Joe Flacco, Russ Wilson, and now Theodore. The difference is those teams try to add more to the QBs repetition each season, while last year Teddy was limited.

    If Theodore ever tried throwing the ball downfield his completion percentage would drop especially if he threw up a 50/50 ball vs. man coverage each game. As far as “Nothing to worry about” there is PLENTY, one will his knee dislocate again? two will AP be there to lead the offense up and down the field or is he retired, 3 if not will Theodore be able to revert to his Rookie game play which was much better than his second season. 4 will the Vikings put enough weapons around him to maximize effectiveness. Do the Vikings draft a “Plan B” QB if they are in the top half of the draft?

    Its going to a year before you have ANY idea what those answers are going to be.

  36.  I am more worried that Teddy will never be the same after this injury.  Viking should look long term and trade for a solid starter who fits the mold of what the Vikings are building. No burned out carousel of backups. How about AJ Mccarran? I’ll hang up and listen…….

  37. Alright already but who are the Vikings close to trading for at quarterback, they’re not going the whole season with Hill, Staave and Sorenson??????????

    _____________________________

    Calm down fella. They signed Sorenson to play tomorrow and then will cut him. He’s simply a body for the game Einstein.

    We’ll sign someone to BACKUP Hill after Friday….

  38. Let the Joel Stave era begin as soon as the Shawn Hill era ends in a pile of sacks and broken bones behind that porous offensive line.

    Has that sunk in yet?

  39. Dear Lord, please heal this young man.

    You know, when you study how the repair is done in the knee by surgeons, it makes you wonder how in the world that knee could ever work even 75% as well again. But then we have the AP example of a full recovery. And my Packers are anticipating that Jordy will be back full strength this year after a similar injury. So, it’s my fond hope that this fine young man recovers too. Seems possible.

    Can’t believe it happened with no contact. Shucks.

    It is still painful to remember Fran Tarkenton games against the Pack. He never had any risk of injury in those contests because we could never catch him. Someone look it up …. did the Packers ever record a sack against Fran???? I don’t think so.

  40. If this had been Aaron Rodgers, no doubt it would have been all the usual suspect Viking trolls with things like, “Good! Glad to see it and it wasn’t us!” etc etc etc.

    Since there are a couple of Pack fans on here and showing respect and zero negative comments or trolling, that just shows you which fan base is the classier one.

  41. codythao35 says:
    Aug 31, 2016 6:34 PM

    This is just another way for Vikings to win Super Bowl without Teddy. Not saying he’s not good, but to fool the opposing teams. Mark my word
    __________________________________

    Dude…..teams are going to now fill the box with 7 or 8…..key on AP and swallow up anything like Diggs on a reverse and pressure any type of run game, trying to put the game on Hill’s shoulders. Quick outs to TEs and WRs will open the gaps a little bit until teams start jumping that and you’re down 14 at half and your defense is on the field 40 out of 60.

    I love your confidence and your outlook, but after 8-10 weeks of holding their own and winning a few but losing more….this team will start to lose confidence. Zimmer will try not to let that happen, but that is about as futile as trying to empty a ship taking on water with a few buckets.

    Any QB they would bring in now won’t know the team, the speed, the playbook, etc. until mid-season at best.

    Fight like hell and put your sights on next year’s season and hope to hell Peterson stays healthy until then. Just an incredibly lousy break for TB and the MN fans with the new palace opening up.

  42. I honestly don’t think you’ll ever see Bridgewater leading this team again. His rehab will take too long and the Vikings will move on. It’s not like he was another Elway or Brady or Montana or Rodgers. The Vikings will need to draft a QB next year or trade for an established guy.

    They can still do well this year and I would not rule them out being very competitive. All they need is a game manager, just like last year.

  43. I read an article today that makes total sense. The Vikings can replace the Teddy of last season, just can’t replace the Teddy they envisioned for this season. Of course I’m not implying that Teddy the decent incredible young man and the beloved leader could ever be replaced , just what he was asked to do last year as a QB, with of course a ramped up O line, better D, more talented receiving corps, and still having AP who would carry the world on his shoulders if asked to do so. Who that person is, Rick Spielman would never even hint at, despite all the crazy speculation. I think he’s just waiting to watch some of the QBs tonight then wait til Saturday and see who’s cut so he risks no draft picks. Why should he? Taylor Heinike returns to practice in 3 weeks. That will help. #Teddystrong.

  44. frostyskins says:
    Aug 31, 2016 9:56 PM
    I am more worried that Teddy will never be the same after this injury. Viking should look long term and trade for a solid starter who fits the mold of what the Vikings are building. No burned out carousel of backups. How about AJ Mccarran? I’ll hang up and listen…….
    —————–
    Really? For your information, Carson Palmer had the exact injury in 2006, and look at him today. And that was ten yrs ago–there are greater advances in ligament tear/knee dislocation in 2016. Plus Teddy is younger and healthier and has yet to have the chronic injuries that plague older NFL players. Most important add in Teddy’s determination and positive outlook. If Palmer can come through, so can Teddy, I have no doubt.

  45. lindacaseauthor says:
    Sep 1, 2016 10:56 AM
    frostyskins says:
    Aug 31, 2016 9:56 PM
    I am more worried that Teddy will never be the same after this injury. Viking should look long term and trade for a solid starter who fits the mold of what the Vikings are building. No burned out carousel of backups. How about AJ Mccarran? I’ll hang up and listen…….
    —————–
    Really? For your information, Carson Palmer had the exact injury in 2006, and look at him today. And that was ten yrs ago–there are greater advances in ligament tear/knee dislocation in 2016. Plus Teddy is younger and healthier and has yet to have the chronic injuries that plague older NFL players. Most important add in Teddy’s determination and positive outlook. If Palmer can come through, so can Teddy, I have no doubt.

    —————————
    Did the injury somehow make Carson Palmer a better player? Because as I remember Carson was a pretty good QB before the injury……Teddy was mediocre at best. So at best Teddy may make it back to mediocre?

    Seriously, I don’t understand why Vikings fans are so upset here. How hard can it be to find another guy to hand off to AP and manage less than 1 TD per game?

  46. What would ARIANI1985 say if this happened to a Packer ?

    Best wishes TB. A Packer Fan. I hate injuries to any player

  47. packmanfan says:
    Sep 1, 2016 2:03 AM

    If this had been Aaron Rodgers, no doubt it would have been all the usual suspect Viking trolls with things like, “Good! Glad to see it and it wasn’t us!” etc etc etc.

    Since there are a couple of Pack fans on here and showing respect and zero negative comments or trolling, that just shows you which fan base is the classier one.

    __________________

    Zero negative comments? So the back-handed jabs like the one just above your post- which are all over the place- don’t count?

    So based on your ASSUMPTION the Packers have a classier fan base. Got it. Love the self-praise.

  48. nhpats says:
    Did the injury somehow make Carson Palmer a better player? Because as I remember Carson was a pretty good QB before the injury……Teddy was mediocre at best. So at best Teddy may make it back to mediocre?

    Seriously, I don’t understand why Vikings fans are so upset here. How hard can it be to find another guy to hand off to AP and manage less than 1 TD per game?
    —————————
    I can’t believe ur post. Do u ever do any research? 2003 Palmer was drafted by the Bengals and sat on the bench his first yr. 2004 Palmer started and his team went 8-8. Teddy’s first yr our team went 7-9 (without AP). 2005 Palmer’s team went 11-5 and made the playoffs. Teddy’s team also went 11-5 his second yr and made the playoffs. Both teams lost the first playoff game and that was the game where Palmer severely injured his knee: Tears of his ACL, MCL, LCL and a patellar dislocation, the exact injury Teddy suffered (at least I’m assuming LCL the way the knee was flapping). That was January 10, 2006. Palmer was back in time for the 2006 preseason, August 28th, game against Green Bay. Almost identical records for the two QBs except Teddy played his first yr and Palmer had the luxury of sitting out his first yr. So how can you say Teddy is mediocre and Palmer was so much better? Not true.

    And no matter what you think nimrod, Teddy IS our franchise QB and he could have done much more this year than last. That’s why it’s so hard. But what you’re saying is just throw in any QB to replicate last year. Okay, so we go 11-5 again with ur formula. Thanks. We’ll take it.

  49. R-E-L-A-X Minnesota fans

    This season is obviously over. But hey, any guy in rounds 4-7 in next year’s draft can replace Teddy. In a year, 8-8 will once again be within your grasp!

  50. @lindacaseauthor

    In Palmer’s second year playing, he led the NFL in TD passes (32) with a 67.8 completion percentage and a 101 rating. Quite a bit different than Teddy Bridgewater. Additionally, in the first two years, Palmer didn’t have what Teddy had- the benefit of a defense ranked 11th and then 5th in points given up.

    The Bengals defenses in those two years were ranked 21st and 22nd in that category.

    The difference in their 11-5 seasons was that the Vikings did it with defense and running. The Bengals did it with running and the strength of a QB who threw 18 more TD passes than Bridgewater and lead his team to victories.

    Teddy has shown himself to be mediocre. He has potential. But Vikings’ fans are so focused on what he might do, or could have done, they won’t look at what he’s actually done, which is not a whole lot. Every Viking fan argument for him is based on potential, not actual results.

Leave a Reply

You must be logged in to leave a comment. Not a member? Register now!

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.