The Minnesota Vikings lost quarterback Teddy Bridgewater for the entirety of the 2016 season with a fluke knee injury in practice last week.
Following surgery on Thursday, the hope is that Bridgewater will be ready to go in time for next year.
According to Ben Goessling of ESPN.com, Vikings head coach Mike Zimmer said that reports back from doctors on Bridgewater’s surgery were positive.
“I got a call from the doctor today, and everything was good,” Zimmer said. “They said it’s a good repair; I don’t know exactly what he said. He gave me a quick rundown.”
Bridgewater dislocated his left knee and tore his ACL in a non-contact situation in practice. While those injuries are certainly significant, Bridgewater avoided any further damage to nerves or arteries that could have been even more devastating. The surgery Thursday to repair the damage showed no further injuries beyond what was shown in initial testing.
Bridgewater said he would “attack my rehab” following surgery. However, Zimmer knows it’s too early to ascertain just what type of timeline they’re dealing with for his recovery.
“It’ll be a good rehab,” Zimmer said. “He’ll have bad days and he’ll have good days. He’ll have to, like he always does, keep fighting.”