Bridgewater's (knee) agent, Kennard McGuire, told Adam Schefter of ESPN that the quarterback doesn't have a defined recovery timetable, Ben Goessling of ESPN.com reports. "I would not overreact to a story that has zero substance and no credibility," McGuire added. Bridgewater suffered a devastating left knee injury on Aug. 30, tearing multiple ligaments and dislocating the joint. There has been scant reporting during his rehabilitation, likely due to the year-plus recovery that accompanies such ailments. Since the end of the campaign, head coach Mike Zimmer has reaffirmed the Vikings' company line twice, stating the team is unsure when Bridgewater will be healthy enough to contribute but wouldn't rule out the potential that he's available at some point during the 2017 campaign. Nonetheless, a report Friday from Bleacher Report said Bridgewater will likely miss a second consecutive season, as he won't be 100 percent until March of 2017. While it's certainly possible, the Vikings will continue to tread carefully with the 2014 first-round pick.
Bridgewater is projected to miss the entire 2017 season, Bleacher Report's Jason Cole reports. Bridgewater missed the whole 2016 campaign after suffering a severe knee injury during a preseason practice, and although Vikings coach Mike Zimmer recently said there's still no timetable for his return, the report relays that team doctors estimated Bridgewater would need 19 months to recover. According to that outlook, Bridgewater wouldn't be fully healthy until March of next year, which would keep him sidelined for a second straight season. While it remains to be seen whether that actually happens, Zimmer said earlier this month that Sam Bradford -- who Minnesota acquired following Bridgewater's injury -- has earned the team's starting quarterback role, which unfortunately dampens Bridgewater's fantasy stock further.
According to coach Mike Zimmer, Bridgewater (knee) does not have a timetable on his return, The Sports Xchange reports. Bridgewater missed all of this season due to a serious knee injury suffered in late August. After undergoing surgery to repair a torn ACL and dislocation of his left knee, Bridgewater was able to walk without crutches nearly two months later. Nonetheless, the 24-year-old still has a long way to go in his recovery, which could extend into next season. Although Zimmer couldn't pin down a targeted return for Bridgewater, he said earlier that Sam Bradford, whom the Vikings acquired following Bridgewater's injury, "has earned the right to be the starting quarterback." That situation adds another layer of uncertainty to Bridgewater's fantasy stock, which obviously is reliant on him first returning to full health.
Vikings athletic trainer Eric Sugarman said Bridgewater (knee) is now walking without crutches, ESPN.com's Ben Goessling reports. Sugarman said the quarterback is making good progress, regaining range of motion and strength in his surgically repaired left knee. Bridgewater still has a brace and is only eight weeks into a lengthy process, but it sounds as if he's right on schedule so far. The goal is to have him ready for Week 1 next season.
Bridgewater underwent surgery on his left knee Thursday, Ben Goessling of ESPN.com reports. Head coach Mike Zimmer relayed that the procedure didn't reveal any structural damage but the torn ACL and dislocated left knee previously known from Bridgewater's last MRI. While he commences a lengthy rehab, the Vikings will turn the offense over to Shaun Hill or newcomer Sam Bradford, who was acquired Saturday from the Eagles.
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