Minnesota Vikings quarterback Teddy Bridgewater suffered a dislocated knee and a torn anterior cruciate ligament during a non-contact drill at practice. Players took knees as medical staff attended to Bridgewater, according to Matt Vensel of the Minneapolis Star-Tribune.
"My wife passed away seven years ago and it was a tough day", Zimmer said, "but the sun still came up the next day".
SN's Alex Marvez hinted at Bridgewater's importance last week: "Is Bridgewater ready to take the next step in his third National Football League season with bigger plays in the passing game?"
The Vikings' otherwise detailed news release on the injury offered no projections for Bridgewater's return. He went 12 for 16 for 161 yards and a touchdown in two quarters of work, leaving Vikings players and fans fully confident as the team starts to prepare for the season opener at Tennessee on September 11.
If the Vikings end up facing a season without Bridgewater, Zimmer said he has every bit of faith in his team to continue rallying and moving forward. We're going to grieve today and upset about it.
Reporters who witnessed the sequence tweeted that Bridgewater's teammates immediately gathered around him.
"We'll get back in here tomorrow and we'll get back to work", Zimmer said in Tuesday's post-practice press conference. They also called an ambulance to Winter Park to take Bridgewater to the hospital.
"Today is a disappointing day because - the No. 1 thing is that Teddy is such a great kid", Zimmer said. "Our fans love this kid". The Vikings are awaiting test results before determining how long they could be without Bridgewater.
From a fitness perspective, coach Mike McCoy said the No. 3 overall pick out of Ohio State looked "as we expected. We're going to go out and fight like we always do".
Behind Bridgewater, the Vikings have former Detroit Lions backup quarterback Shaun Hill.
Rookie undrafted free agent Joel Stave is also listed on the depth chart, but he is not expected to see the field this season. He went 12-for-16 for 161 yards and a touchdown in two quarters, which left Vikings players and fans confident as the team started to prepare for the season opener September 11 at Tennessee. Some even threw up at the site of the injury. "I think that'd be the wrong thing to do". "He's like my favorite player too, I was just really sad.really heartbroken".