The Minnesota Vikings may be 5-1 and enjoying life with Sam Bradford at quarterback, but they had different plans before the start of the season. Teddy Bridgewater was entering his third year with the team and the Vikes were planning to put more on his plate than ever before. Then Bridgewater suffered a gruesome knee injury late in training camp which knocked him out for the entire year, necessitating the Bradford trade.
Last week, there was a report on ESPN's "NFL Countdown" from Adam Schefter which stated that Bridgewater might actually never be able to play again.
Teddy Bridgewater continues to rehab in Minnesota and he is making progress. Nearly two months after he dislocated his knee, Bridgewater is making strides and Vikings officials are pleased with where he's at. But other doctors around the league know there are no guarantees Bridgewater will be able to return to the type of quarterback he was, if he makes it back to the NFL at all.
As one doctor who's worked with NFL teams said this week, 'If he didn't make it back, it wouldn't surprise me. This is a bad injury, about the worst knee injury a player can have.'
There had previously been reports that Bridgewater might have to miss some of next season due to the severity of the injury and the length of time it would take to recover, but this was the first time his career was said to be in jeopardy. Vikings beat reporter Chris Tomasson asked Bridgewater about the report, and what Bridgewater had to say -- or not say -- was quite interesting.
I asked #Vikings Teddy Bridgewater today about reports injury could end his career. Declined comment Wouldn't say when he will talk to media— Chris Tomasson (@christomasson) October 29, 2016
A "no comment" doesn't necessarily mean anything one way or the other, but surely Vikings fans would have been comforted to hear a strong denial from Teddy B here. The Vikings have not addressed the report either, only noting prior to his surgery that Bridgewater's recovery time "will be significant" but that they expect him to make "a full recovery."