While the short term thoughts are with Bridgewater, probably still in shock from what happened, focused on finding someone for this season, Mike Zimmer and the people running the franchise have to be thinking about guys in college right now.
The Vikings have said they anticipate Bridgewater will make a full recovery and his statement Thursday reaffirmed that expectation. Tehrany said those who dislocate their knee can expect a recovery from nine to 12 months in best-case scenarios and, if arterial or nerve damage is ultimately found, the recovery could be as long as two years. "Teddy has already displayed the attitude needed to overcome this injury and attack his rehab".
"We're not going to stick our heads in the sand. That's what we're going to do". Teams have to have their 53-man rosters set by 3:00 PM Central time on Saturday afternoon, and I'm not sure how many stories we'll hear of players getting cut before then.
The 23-year-old helped lead the Vikings to the NFC North championship last season.
The Vikings host the L.A. Rams in their final pre-season game Thursday, at issue is where they go from here.
The severity of Bridgewater's injury could sideline him well into 2017, leaving backup Shaun Hill as the Vikings' presumptive starter. "Everybody loves him. So it was disappointing for (the players) and I didn't think we were going to get much out of practice".
The plan was to strike more of a run-pass balance this year, and Bridgewater was showing strides with the deep throws throughout the preseason. "The No. 1 thing is Teddy is such a great kid", Zimmer said.
"I can't tell you enough about our medical staff, how well they explained everything to the family and to the representatives, gave him the options of potential doctors to see, ' Spielman said".
"We're going to try figure out the very best way we can to beat the team that we're playing that week", Zimmer said.
The determined coach rattled off the names of 10 players that would be key to the team's success in 2016, driving home his point that "this isn't a one-man deal".
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