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Teddy Bridgewater releases statement following season-ending injury

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Minnesota Vikings quarterback Teddy Bridgewater has released a statement only two days after suffering a horrific, season-ending knee injury.

The third-year quarterback thanks the Vikings organization from top to bottom as well as the fans who have supported him during this “difficult time.”

Via Vikings.com:

I want to thank the Wilf Family and the entire Vikings organization, all of my teammates, friends, Eric Sugarman and the amazing Vikings athletic training staff and the fans who have sent me messages and wished me well. Your thoughts and prayers mean a lot to me and have helped me in this difficult time. There are great players and great leaders in our locker room who are going to fight to the end to reach the goals we set for 2016. I will be there mentally, physically and in spirit to support them accomplish those goals.

In order to have a testimony, you have to have a test. I come from amazing DNA, I watched my mom fight and win against breast cancer. We will, as a team, attack my rehab with the same vigor and energy. My faith is strong, my faith is unwavering and my vision is clear. My purpose will not be denied.

Bridgewater, 23, suffered a dislocated knee and a torn ACL during a non-contact drill during Tuesday’s practice. The team immediately canceled practice upon the injury. Players were seen throwing down their helmets in anger, others prayed and reportedly some of Bridgewater’s teammates even vomited over the grisly nature of the injury.

Bridgewater was taken to the hospital by ambulance and sedated to undergo tests. Hours afterward the Vikings issued a statement that indicated there appeared to “be no nerve or arterial damage.”

Bridgewater faces long odds, “significant” recovery time and an incredibly challenging rehabilitation process. But the faith and confidence expressed by Bridgewater in his statement must be encouraging to the Vikings organization and its fans, as the team was being touted as a legitimate Super Bowl contender before Bridgewater’s injury.

Bridgewater reportedly will undergo surgery at some point, likely within 10 days, but “a lot of swelling” is hindering the process.

The Vikings, as it stands now, have veteran journeyman Shaun Hill as their starter with undrafted rookie Joe; Stave backing him up.