Report: Teddy Bridgewater scheduled for knee surgery on Thursday

AP

When discussing the trade for quarterback Sam Bradford with Peter King of TheMMQB.com, Vikings General Manager Rick Spielman said that uncertainty about the recovery timeline for Teddy Bridgewater after the severe knee injury he suffered last week was one of the reasons the team was interested in making the deal.

“What really was significant for us was the second year of the contract with Sam,” Spielman said. “No one knows how long it’s going to take Teddy to recover.”

Before the team is going to have any more clarity on when they can expect to have Bridgewater back, he needs to have his torn ACL and the other damage done to his knee surgically repaired. Ed Werder of ESPN reports that Bridgewater will have that surgery on Thursday.

That’s just a first step in the process, of course, and both the team and Bridgewater have a lot more to learn in the coming months before there will be any real reason to set a timetable for his rehab and outlook for 2017.

54 responses to “Report: Teddy Bridgewater scheduled for knee surgery on Thursday

  1. I still think the Vikings over paid, but to not have a QB for 2 years is a bit much.
    Its possible Bradford can be ok with them.

    But the Eagles still made out, essentially getting out of an obligation of 11MM for a player they don’t need, and getting a 1st and 4th as a bonus.

    At the time this trade came up, the Eagles had already paid Bradford 11MM so that is a suck cost that doesn’t figure into further valuation.

  2. This is Bradford’s team now and Teddy know it. Bradford is a huge upgrade over Teddy and the Vikings will have a formidable passing game to go with their already tough running game. This makes the Vikings a better team overall.

  3. You know, as long as he’s under the knife and rehab is eighteen months or more, why not opt for the hand enlargement procedure at the same time?

  4. As a Viking fan I think we’ll be alright with Bradford. My only fear is the refs this season. They are always against us. Especially against the Packers.

  5. This is very depressing. Teddy has a long road ahead of him and so do Vike fans. I just don’t see Bradford even lasting the season behind that OL and certainly don’t see him leading Vikes to the Super Bowl. He has done nothing in his career to date that would lead one to believe he can be the guy.

  6. Losing Teddy hurt, hurt bad. In just his second season he led the Vikings to the NFC North title; remind again how long it took A-rod to win a Division title? Anyway, there is also a great opportunity for Teddy during his re-hab, and that is play calling. He can use his down time to learn the playbook inside and out, to the point that he can draw every play on a whiteboard when spoken. He also can be up in the booth with Norv and see what Norv sees and how he looks at play calling. This can only help when Teddy steps on the field again, he will have a much better understanding of what Norv wants, and he can even offer his own views on what plays need to be called, from his perspective. If I were the Vikings that is what I would encourage teddy to do during his downtime from rehab.

  7. Best of luck on a speedy recovery, Teddy.

    In the meantime, am I the only one who is curious as to why the Vikings only have two QBs on their current roster?

    I know Heinicke will be back in a few weeks, but after seeing their starter suffer a gruesome season-ending injury, and admitting that their backup isn’t exactly the guy they want starting all season, you’d think they’d be a little more careful, and at least sign someone like Aaron Murray for a few weeks.

  8. cribbage12 says:
    Sep 6, 2016 10:34 AM

    Good luck young man. Packers nation wants to see you back on the field and healthy in no time.

    *******

    A classy Packers fan. Vikings nation and Mr. Bridgewater thanks you. Let’s hope the kid comes back for many years of NFCN battles.

  9. Vike fans seem even more excited for the season now that Teddy is done and Bradford is in town. Weird, it’s like they think a rather pedestrian quarterback can just come in on almost no notice and be successful for their team. I guess they forgot about the Josh Freeman experiment.

  10. @fwippel

    Reasonable question. They are as you said expecting Heinke back in 2-3 weeks. They also have Stave on the practice squad, so if hill and Bradford were to go down they could bring him up. He’s been with the team all off season.

    But the bottom line is that they didn’t want to cut a guy who would probably end up being signed by another team in order to have the services of an Aaron Murray or another such player for those 2 weeks. They figure the risk-reward isn’t worth it, as he provably wouldn’t be much better than Stave anyway.

  11. nhpats says:
    Sep 6, 2016 10:34 AM

    This is Bradford’s team now and Teddy know it. Bradford is a huge upgrade over Teddy and the Vikings will have a formidable passing game to go with their already tough running game. This makes the Vikings a better team overall.
    ________

    As an outsider, I’ll overlook your ignorance. Bradford is a huge upgrade over Shaun Hill, but I doubt that he will be as good as Teddy would likely have been this year. Of course, being on a team with this much talent and great coaching could help Bradford be better than he ever was before. It will be great to have Sam for a couple years, but this is and always will be Teddy’s team.

  12. I wish Bridgewater a quick recovery. Then we can have two future HOFers on our team. Jk. I think Bradford will do well in Minnesota. Even if he wins only two games, at least those games will be against the packers.

  13. Bradford is what the Vikings were hoping Teddy would become this year. Once he learns the playbook and develops rapport with the WR’s, he will be a huge upgrade.

    Sure, Teddy could become a better player than Bradford, but Bradford is an upgrade from where the Vikings started the year.

  14. Good luck, Teddy. Sorry your career is over, but this is now Sam Bradford’s team. 🙂 Yes, it’s going to be a long year in Minnesota.

  15. skol4life says:
    Sep 6, 2016 10:41 AM
    You’re still the man Teddy!
    ________

    Not after that bonehead trade for journeyman SB he isn’t.

  16. Bradford is an improvement over Teddy. He has more experience and a better arm. The biggest knock on Bradford is he can’t seem to stay healthy.

  17. Viking Country wishes you the best Teddy. You will be back before you know it. We Viking fans will be waiting.

  18. In Teddy We Trust says:
    Sep 6, 2016 11:17 AM
    nhpats says:
    Sep 6, 2016 10:34 AM

    This is Bradford’s team now and Teddy know it. Bradford is a huge upgrade over Teddy and the Vikings will have a formidable passing game to go with their already tough running game. This makes the Vikings a better team overall.
    ________

    As an outsider, I’ll overlook your ignorance. Bradford is a huge upgrade over Shaun Hill, but I doubt that he will be as good as Teddy would likely have been this year. Of course, being on a team with this much talent and great coaching could help Bradford be better than he ever was before. It will be great to have Sam for a couple years, but this is and always will be Teddy’s team.

    ———
    Be real. Teddy had 14TDs and 9Ints and just over 3000 yard passing in 16 games. For an NFL QB….that stinks. But educate me, just what is it that he excels at that cannot be replaces…..handing it off to Peterson?

  19. To everyone who said that it was a bad deal and the Vikes overpaid for Bradford, you are right and wrong.

    Bradford was the best available out there, so if the Vikes wanted even a chance a decent QB, they had to overpay for him. Kaep’s contract is huge, so they would have overpaid him too and Butt-fumble is horrible at worst and well below average at best.

  20. hugeheavywoman says:
    Sep 6, 2016 12:40 PM
    concerning is growing that Tiny may miss more than 1 season.

    ————-

    It won’t matter.Bradford at his worst can put up better numbers than Teddy did two years in a row. This is Bradford’s team now and unless he totally screw up Teddy will be his backup.

  21. remind again how long it took A-rod to win a Division title?
    ——
    It took him three years to win a super bowl….

  22. nhpats says:
    Sep 6, 2016 12:04 PM

    In Teddy We Trust says:
    Sep 6, 2016 11:17 AM
    nhpats says:
    Sep 6, 2016 10:34 AM

    This is Bradford’s team now and Teddy know it. Bradford is a huge upgrade over Teddy and the Vikings will have a formidable passing game to go with their already tough running game. This makes the Vikings a better team overall.
    ________

    As an outsider, I’ll overlook your ignorance. Bradford is a huge upgrade over Shaun Hill, but I doubt that he will be as good as Teddy would likely have been this year. Of course, being on a team with this much talent and great coaching could help Bradford be better than he ever was before. It will be great to have Sam for a couple years, but this is and always will be Teddy’s team.

    ———
    Be real. Teddy had 14TDs and 9Ints and just over 3000 yard passing in 16 games. For an NFL QB….that stinks. But educate me, just what is it that he excels at that cannot be replaces…..handing it off to Peterson?
    _______

    Okay, if stats are all that matter, take a look at Bradford’s career stats. A bit higher TD ratio but more interceptions. Lower YPA, lower completion %. Teddy’s first two years were much better than Sam’s first two years. I’m projecting here, but it sure seems like Teddy’s ceiling is higher than Sam’s. Not that Sam is a bad player, but I don’t see him as an upgrade over Teddy.

    Teddy excels at seeing the field, eluding the rush, leadership, and short- and mid-range accuracy. Training camp and preseason indicated that long-range accuracy has improved a lot. All people look at are the number of TD passes and conclude that he’s terrible, but look at the play calling. Inside the 5, they hand it off to Peterson all the time. A lot of QBs get easy short TD passes that Teddy isn’t getting because they don’t have a RB who is so good at scoring down close.

  23. Teddy helped lead his team to what 17 or 18 wins in the last two seasons as a starter?

    Bradford has lead his team to 25 wins in his career. Even if Bradford can put up better numbers than Theodore can he put up more wins?

  24. pkrlvr says:
    Sep 6, 2016 12:56 PM
    remind again how long it took A-rod to win a Division title?
    ——
    It took him three years to win a super bowl….

    ÷÷÷÷÷÷÷

    Rodgers had a grand total of zero starts and one touchdown pass in his third year.

  25. Gotta love Packer fans, they create their own reality. For a team that has had the good fortune of having 2 HOF QBs and one in the making in the Super Bowl era, they sure don’t have a lot to show for it. 4 Lombardi’s. Hell Bradshaw, Montana and Brady have that themselves and they played entirely in the era. Aikman has 3 himself. Peyton and Eli two each (Favre & Rogers total combined). So be grateful for the ones you have, but be mindful, with all that talent at QB what you should have had.

  26. Rodgers also had a HOF QB starting a head of him, if the Vikings could groom one in house instead of plucking them off of other rosters later in their career they may have a young QB with the benefit or learning from one of the greats.

  27. shaggytoodle says:
    Sep 6, 2016 1:36 PM
    Teddy helped lead his team to what 17 or 18 wins in the last two seasons as a starter?

    Bradford has lead his team to 25 wins in his career. Even if Bradford can put up better numbers than Theodore can he put up more wins?
    ————-
    Well there’s one Packer fan that finally gets how good Teddy is and why the fans and the team look up to this 23 year old as a leader of men.

  28. Best of luck to the doctors that are slicing open his joints.
    Hope he gets out of the wheelchair and onto crutches soon. Go South and avoid being on the slippery ice in Minnesota.

    No need to rush his rehabilitation. He’ll be on the PUP next season and then be the back up until the rust goes away.

    Maybe someday he can play a whole season just like Jackson and Ponder.

  29. skol4life says:
    Sep 6, 2016 2:04 PM

    Well there’s one Packer fan that finally gets how good Teddy is and why the fans and the team look up to this 23 year old as a leader of men.
    _______

    I NEVER said he was good, his mechanics are janky and he doesn’t have elite arm strength, he does win games, even though in 11 games last year he averaged a little he had fewer than 18 completions which is a little over 4 quarter which isnt impressive. As a game manager he is fine, as a Franchise QB I am not sold on him,.

  30. shaggytoodle says:
    Sep 6, 2016 1:54 PM

    Rodgers also had a HOF QB starting a head of him, if the Vikings could groom one in house instead of plucking them off of other rosters later in their career they may have a young QB with the benefit or learning from one of the greats.
    ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
    What has all that tutelage gotten you? 2 Championships. Pretty pathetic for having 26 years of HOF QB play. Even Bradshaw got his 4 in 6 years.

  31. pkrlvr says:
    Sep 6, 2016 12:56 PM
    remind again how long it took A-rod to win a Division title?
    ——
    It took him three years to win a super bowl….

    —————–

    And it has taken the Minnesota Vikings 55 years to win absolutely nothing…… 0-55

    Is that the record?

  32. sgmjerry220 says:
    Sep 6, 2016 2:50 PM

    What has all that tutelage gotten you? 2 Championships. Pretty pathetic for having 26 years of HOF QB play. Even Bradshaw got his 4 in 6 years.
    _______

    Sire learning is a great tool, but you know what’s better than that playing with a bunch of Hall of Famers which certainly benefited Bradshaw… playing with pro bowlers is one thing playing with a HOFers is another.

  33. I hope Teddy gets back as soon as possible.

    With Bradford and Shaun Hill as the options for the Vikings at quarterback do not be surprised if they trade for Colin Kaepernick before the trade deadline if and when Bradford or Hill go down with the most likeliest candidate being Bradford as we know.

    In turn, Kaepernick will lead the Vikings to the Super Bowl this year.

    The NFL is just a sham ladies and gentleman so find something productive to do on Sundays, Mondays, Thursdays, Saturdays because the league is predetermined and or fixed.

  34. I feel for the guy.

    What a gruesome injury.

    I know guys come back from bad injuries all the time. But in this case i just can’t see it.

    He is a QB that relies on shiftiness in the pocket.

    I hope he does come back, it would be a great story.

    I just don’t see it happening.

  35. “He is a QB that relies on shiftiness in the pocket”

    Watch the way Sam Bradford moves in the pocket. That will be Teddy Bridgewater when he returns to playing.

  36. sgmjerry220 says:
    Sep 6, 2016 2:50 PM

    shaggytoodle says:
    Sep 6, 2016 1:54 PM

    Rodgers also had a HOF QB starting a head of him, if the Vikings could groom one in house instead of plucking them off of other rosters later in their career they may have a young QB with the benefit or learning from one of the greats.
    ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
    What has all that tutelage gotten you? 2 Championships. Pretty pathetic for having 26 years of HOF QB play. Even Bradshaw got his 4 in 6 years.
    ==================================
    The Vikings got 13 years of HOF QB play without winning a Super Bowl. In fact, any kind of QB play has not resulted in a Vikings’ Super Bowl.

    Fran Tarkenton once had a 14.1 rating in a Super Bowl.

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