If it weren’t for prompt and timely medical attention at Tuesday’s practice, Minnesota Vikings quarterback Teddy Bridgewater’s season-ending leg injury could have been much worse than what it already is.
The third-year player out of Louisville suffered a complete tear of his ACL and a dislocated knee on a non-contact play during a team practice, which forced head coach Mike Zimmer to cancel practice after just 25 minutes.
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While official word has come out with the team announcing that Bridgewater will miss the remainder of the season, specific details of the injury have not been made public. However, sports injury expert Will Carroll is reporting that Bridgewater suffered a tibiofemoral dislocation, where the femur (upper part of the leg) went off the tibia (shin and lower part of the leg).
Source confirms tibiofemoral dislocation, ruptured ACL for Bridgewater. “Trainers may have saved his leg and career by quick action.”
— Will Carroll (@injuryexpert) August 31, 2016
Carroll also pointed out that the presence of athletic trainers is imperative, and that parents should think twice about letting their kids play contact sports if an athletic trainer is not present at a game or practice.
On Thursday, Bridgewater released a statement regarding the injury, thanking fans, teammates, and the medical staff, while vowing to attack rehab once he begins the healing process.
I want to thank the Wilf Family and the entire Vikings organization, all of my teammates, friends, Eric Sugarman and the amazing Vikings athletic training staff and the fans who have sent me messages and wished me well. Your thoughts and prayers mean a lot to me and have helped me in this difficult time. There are great players and great leaders in our locker room who are going to fight to the end to reach the goals we set for 2016. I will be there mentally, physically and in spirit to support them accomplish those goals.
In order to have a testimony, you have to have a test. I come from amazing DNA, I watched my mom fight and win against breast cancer. We will, as a team, attack my rehab with the same vigor and energy. My faith is strong, my faith is unwavering and my vision is clear. My purpose will not be denied.
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