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Teddy Bridgewater on NFL future: ‘I’m in it for the long haul’

Minnesota Vikings quarterback Teddy Bridgewater addressed the media for the first time since suffering a catastrophic knee injury during an Aug. 30 training camp practice last summer during a non-contact drill.

The Vikings, as expected, officially put Bridgewater on the PUP list this week. But from the way Bridgewater is attacking his rehab — as evidenced by social media dispatches showcasing his progress — perhaps the commonly held theory that he won’t play this season may be an underestimation of the 24-year-old.

Some of what Bridgewater had to say, as culled from a Star Tribune report.

On what he remembers on what happened immediately after he suffered the catastrophic injury:

“I can’t remember, it was so long ago. I remember being out there laying on the ground. The biggest thing I remember is the guys supporting me, holding my hand and praying for me. It says at lot about the the character of the guys we have around here.”

On the rehabilitation process:

 “It’s been one grind, the best thing I have going. I come from an amazing DNA, we’re fighters. You have some days, you don’t see the progress, but it’s a long process. I’m in it for the long haul. It’s a roller coaster you go on; I’ve had so much support. I’ve had more great days than I’ve had bad days.”

On how he views the future:

“Right now I can’t even think long-term. Within a blink of an eye, it was taken away from me. Right now, I’m just focusing on Teddy.”

Bridgewater obviously has a long way to go — after all, he has yet to fully practice with the team since what was deemed as a potentially career-threatening injury — but the quarterback made it clear in his comments that it’s not time to count him out just yet. Although the Vikings, as previously stated, likely will continue to handle Bridgewater’s situation with extreme caution while declining to set any timetable.

“Whenever my body knows it’s ready, my minds says its ready, we’ll go from there,” Bridgewater said.