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.
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 will have surgery Thursday to repair a torn ACL and other structural damage in his left knee, ESPN's Ed Werder reports.
It's a good sign that Bridgewater will be ready for surgery just nine days after suffering a torn ACL, dislocated knee and other structural damage, as a long wait for surgery is often associated with a longer recovery/rehab schedule. The 23-year-old quarterback does still face a lengthy process, but he at least avoided any nerve or arterial damage, which means he should get back on the field at some point, if not by Week 1 next season. With Bridgewater placed on injured reserve, Sam Bradford is expected to take over as the starting quarterback, though Shaun Hill may handle the first game or two of the season while Bradford gets up to speed.
Bridgewater lands on IR in short order after suffering a dislocated knee in practice Tuesday. Bridgewater's significant injury also included a complete tear to his ACL, as well as other structural damage. Though the Vikings indicated that the QB suffered no nerve or arterial damage, Bridgewater faces a long recovery/rehab period. In his absence, Shaun Hill slots in as the Vikings' top signal-caller in advance of Week 1. With Taylor Heinicke currently on the non-football injury list, undrafted rookie Joel Stave and Brad Sorensen are the team's healthy backup options.
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