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Sam Bradford has advice for Teddy Bridgewater on lengthy ACL recovery

By Derek Wetmore

EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn. – Vikings quarterback Teddy Bridgewater is facing a lengthy recovery process after blowing out ligaments in his left knee during a practice early last week.

New Vikings quarterback Sam Bradford knows what that’s like.

Bradford, acquired by the Vikings on Saturday morning in a trade with the Philadelphia Eagles, faced an extended rehab of his own in 2015. The former first overall draft pick tore his ACL in August of 2014, which wiped out the entire season for him less than one year after missing nine games with the same injury in 2013.

Bridgewater was diagnosed with a torn ACL, a dislocated knee “and other damage” that was not specified by the Vikings. Although the team did point out that the QB didn’t have nerve or artery damage in his leg, which was seen as a very good sign.

Has the new QB had a chance to swap stories with his predecessor?

“Yeah, actually, I saw him in there today and talked to him briefly, and I really just want to offer, to tell him, ‘If you want to talk about the process and what it’s like, I know what it’s like going through that rehab,’” Bradford said. “I know it’s tough. I know there are good days. I know there are bad days. If [Bridgewater] had any questions, I wanted to make it known that I was available and willing to talk to him about it.”

“And then I asked him if he could please be here as much as possible to help me out, I would really appreciate that, too,” Bradford said, probably only half-joking.

Yep, if Sam Bradford had Teddy Bridgewater’s head on his shoulders, he’d already know the concepts underlying the Vikings’s playbook, a task Bradford says he’s nowhere near mastering.

Then again, if Bridgewater had Bradford’s healthy body, the Vikings wouldn’t need an emergency QB option right now, so it cuts both ways.

Bradford’s advice to Bridgewater?

“Just taking it day by day. I think sometimes if you look too far ahead or you expect yourself to immediately take a jump and get better, I think sometimes it can get frustrating, because it’s a long process, and it takes time,” he said. “It seems like every now and then, you take two steps forward, but then you take a step back. You’ve just got to be patient.”

The post Sam Bradford has advice for Teddy Bridgewater on lengthy ACL recovery appeared first on 1500 ESPN Twin Cities.

Source:: 1500 ESPN Sportswire

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