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Vikings GM says team expects Bridgewater to make a ‘full recovery’

By Judd Zulgad

MINNEAPOLIS – Vikings general manager Rick Spielman said Thursday that he hopes a decision will be made within the next 24 hours on when and where quarterback Teddy Bridgewater will have surgery on his left knee to repair the season-ending injury he suffered Tuesday during practice at Winter Park.

This came hours after Spielman and Vikings athletic trainer Eric Sugarman sat in on a presentation that was given to Bridgewater’s representatives and family outlining the options for the third-year quarterback.

“We did a ton of research on this,” Spielman said before the Vikings’ played their final preseason game against the Los Angeles Rams at U.S. Bank Stadium. “We want to make sure he gets the best care possible and hopefully we’ll have a decision here within the next 24 hours of where and when he’ll get his surgery.”

Bridgewater dislocated his left knee and suffered a complete tear of his ACL and other structural damage during practice on Tuesday after dropping back to pass. There was no contact before Bridgewater’s knee gave out. An ambulance was summoned to Winter Park and Bridgewater was taken to a Twin Cities area hospital.

The Vikings confirmed that there was no nerve or arterial damage. Spielman said that Bridgewater is out of the hospital and was at the Vikings’ facility on Thursday. Bridgewater released a statement through the Vikings.

Because of the extent of the damage to Bridgewater’s knee, there has been speculation that the injury could keep him out into the 2017 season.

“I’ve heard everything from two days to two years,” Spielman said. “So I think until he goes in and gets the surgery we’ll see how his rehab is progressing. I know two important things and that there’s no damage to the nerve or the artery.

“And the other thing he’s got going for him is Teddy is a young 23-24-year-old guy. You’re not talking about a 34-year-old guy toward the end. So we expect a full recovery from Teddy. I know we have to get through the surgery and get through the rehab and we look forward to just getting him back.”

Spielman said he did not have an answer for why the 23-year-old Bridgewater’s knee gave out.

It’s like a less than one percent chance of that happening, and it happened,” Spielman said. “It is what it is. Make the best of the situation and you move forward. But I know this coaching staff, and especially (coach Mike Zimmer), when he has his back against the wall and I know our players, the one thing we really tried to bring in are guys who are passionate and who are fighters. I have no doubt this team is going to respond. And our expectations have not changed one bit. “

While Spielman is exploring his options when it comes to getting help at quarterback, the Vikings currently would enter the season with 36-year-old Shuan Hill as their starter and undrafted rookie Joel Stave as his backup.

The post Vikings GM says team expects Bridgewater to make a ‘full recovery’ appeared first on 1500 ESPN Twin Cities.

Source:: 1500 ESPN Sportswire

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