The Vikings starting quarterback Teddy Bridgewater was rushed to the hospital during practice Tuesday afternoon due to a noncontact play. Bridgewater seems to have seriously injured his knee but it is unknown what the injury is or what caused it at this time.
This is a significant setback for the Minnesota Vikings 2016-2017 season. It seems that Bridgewater was rolling out to pass during routine team drills and dropped to the floor without any contact from another player. Minutes later an ambulance arrived at Winter Park and carted him off the field and rushed him to the hospital. Practice immediately was over and left many players visibly angry and frustrated with the situation as they headed to the locker room, as well as multiple players gathering together in prayer for their teammate.
Head coach Mike Zimmer is set to hold a press conference with the media to discuss the situation and will be able to help fill in how serious of an injury it is and if it is possibly season ending for the young quarterback. Bridgewater has looked amazing thus far in preseason, leading the NFL with a 141.5 passer rating.
Bridgewater set the record for highest completion percent (64.9) in a player’s first two seasons in NFL history. This seemed to be a year for Bridgewater to break out and establish himself as one of the elite quarterbacks in the league, as well as the Minnesota Vikings being a playoff threat. If Bridgewater is out for the season it will be a huge blow to this rising Vikings roster.