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Teddy Bridgewater’s surgery a success, says Vikings trainer


Teddy Bridgewater underwent surgery Thursday after suffering a horrific knee injury last week during a non-contact drill in practice. According to Minnesota Vikings head trainer Eric Sugarman, the procedure on Bridgewater’s dislocated knee and torn ACL has been deemed an encouraging success.

Sugarman issued the following statement, via Pro Football Talk:

“Teddy Bridgewater had his left knee surgically repaired yesterday. The procedure was performed by Dr. Dan Cooper at the Carrell Clinic in Dallas, TX. The knee dislocation resulted in Teddy needing a multi-ligament reconstruction. I was able to be present in Dallas, support Teddy and observe the entire procedure. The repair was excellent and gives Teddy every reason to be very optimistic. Teddy already began the rehab process yesterday, will return to Minnesota to continue on the road to recovery very soon and looks forward to getting back on the field.”

The freak nature of the injury left Bridgewater’s teammates shocked and sickened. Worse, the Vikings’ lofty goals for the 2016 were left in utter disarray. Vikings general manager Rick Spielman addressed the shortage of experienced quarterbacks on the roster outside of veteran Shaun Hill by acquiring Sam Bradford from the Philadelphia Eagles for a first-round pick in 2017 and a conditional pick in the 2018 NFL draft.

Bridgewater issued a statement last week in which he expressed optimism in a total recovery from the devastating setback. Given how much worse the injury could have been if not for the quick thinking and expertise from Sugarman and the Vikings training staff, the initial results from Bridgewater’s surgery have to be considered encouraging.

Still, Bridgewater faces an incredibly grueling and lengthy rehabilitation process. So much so, that the Vikings fear he may not be ready to go at the start of the 2017 season. But odds are good any positive development is welcomed by both Bridgewater and the Vikings.