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Teddy Bridgewater | Quarterback | #5

Team: Minnesota Vikings
Age / DOB:  (24) / 11/10/1992
Ht / Wt:  6'2' / 215
College: Louisville
Drafted: 2014 / Rd. 1 (32) / MIN
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Updating a previous item, Teddy Bridgewater's (knee) contract would toll to 2018 if he spends all of this season on reserve/PUP.
With this information, it makes all the sense in the world for the Vikings to stash Bridgewater on PUP, let him rehab, and then revisit the situation in 2018 when Sam Bradford is scheduled to be a free agent. A lot will happen between now and then, but it sounds like Bridgewater won't hit free agency next March. Apr 26 - 3:07 PM

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ESPN's Adam Schefter reports the Vikings are expected to decline Teddy Bridgewater's fifth-year team option for 2018.

As expected. Bridgewater mangled his knee last summer, forcing the Vikings to swing a deal for Sam Bradford, and Bridgewater still isn't healthy and remains without a timetable for return. Bradford is expected to get an extension at some point, which should allow Bridgewater to hit the open market in 2018. (They're not going to pay both.) He shouldn't be rushing to get back to the field in Minnesota unless Bradford gets hurt. Bridgewater is still just 24 and could be an interesting free-agent case next year.
Source: ESPN.com
Apr 26 - 10:48 AM

Teddy Bridgewater (knee) remains without a timetable for a return.

GM Rick Spielman did say that Bridgewater had a "great" first week of offseason practice. Bridgewater is eight months removed from blowing up his knee in a training camp practice. Every indication is that Sam Bradford will remain the Vikings' starter for 2017.
Apr 25 - 2:59 PM

Vikings coach Mike Zimmer said there is still no timeline for Teddy Bridgewater (knee).

Bridgewater has started running in the pool, but he is still limited to non-weight bearing exercises. The quarterback tore his ACL, dislocated his knee, and suffered "other structural damage" last August. It will be a surprise if he is ready for Week 1, and it is not a given he will be able to get back on the field at all.
Mar 27 - 7:47 PM

Appearing on PFT Live, Vikings GM Rick Spielman said there is no way to "put a timeline" on Teddy Bridgewater's knee injury.

Bridgewater suffered a catastrophic knee injury last August which included a torn ACL, dislocated knee, and "other structural damage." The fact the Vikings do not have a timetable six months later speaks to the severity. Last week, Spielman said he hopes Bridgewater will be able to resume his career.
Mar 2 - 7:47 AM

Speaking Thursday, Vikings GM Rick Spielman said "everybody's hoping" Teddy Bridgewater (knee) can resume his career.

Spielman passed up an opportunity to guarantee his 24-year-old quarterback will ever play again. Bridgewater has yet to resume football activities, and is without a timeline for doing so. Headed into the final year of his contract, Sam Bradford will be under center in Week 1.
Feb 23 - 1:33 PM

ESPN's Ben Goessling reports the Vikings haven't "ruled out the possibility" Teddy Bridgewater (knee) could return in 2017.

This conflicts with a report Bridgewater will be sidelined until next March. The Vikings are still in "wait-and-see mode" and haven't provided any updates on Bridgewater's status. Bridgewater isn't expected to be ready for the start of the season, but remains without a timetable. Sam Bradford will open 2017 as the Vikings' starter.
Source: ESPN
Jan 27 - 5:35 PM

Bleacher Report's Jason Cole reports Teddy Bridgewater (knee) is expected to miss the entire 2017 season.

Cole cites a Vikings source that informed him the "shortest recovery" time for Bridgewater's injury -- torn ACL and dislocated knee -- is 19 months. Bridgewater was injured on August 30 last summer, which if we were to follow the 19-month timeline, would allow him to be back around March 2018. The last update the Vikings provided, from coach Mike Zimmer after the season, wasn't much of an update at all. Zimmer admitted earlier this month that Bridgewater remained without a timetable. Sam Bradford is fully expected to be the Vikings' 2017 starter.
Jan 27 - 12:54 PM

Vikings coach Mike Zimmer admitted he isn't sure when Teddy Bridgewater will return from his knee injury.

"I don't know when Teddy will be back," he said bluntly. Bridgewater suffered a gruesome injury last summer, tearing his ACL and dislocating his knee. The Vikings have indicated that Sam Bradford will remain the starter even if Bridgewater is healthy for the start of next season. Despite his injury, the Vikings are expected to exercise Bridgewater's fifth-year option for 2018.
Jan 15 - 11:00 AM

ESPN's Ben Goessling said it "seems likely" the Vikings will exercise Teddy Bridgewater's fifth-year option.

Minnesota has until May to make their decision. Bridgewater is rehabbing a severe knee injury which involved a torn ACL, a dislocated knee, and other structural damage. It is unlikely he is ready for Week 1, it is possible he is never the same player, and the Vikings have already tabbed Sam Bradford as their starter for next season. Still, the option is guaranteed for new injury only, so there is not much risk to locking up Bridgewater for an extra year to see how the knee progresses.
Source: ESPN
Jan 10 - 9:28 AM

ESPN's Ed Werder reports Teddy Bridgewater (knee, injured reserve) will undergo surgery Thursday.

He tore his ACL, dislocated his knee, and suffered other structural damage in practice last week. Werder reports the team still expects Bridgewater to make a full recovery and resume his career, but the fact that needs to be said sheds light on how gruesome this injury was. Bridgewater is questionable for the start of 2017.
Tue, Sep 6, 2016 09:37:00 AM

According to Bleacher Report's Jason Cole, the Vikings traded for Sam Bradford based at least partially on the "belief that Teddy Bridgewater (knee) may not be back by the start of 2017."

Teddy suffered a devastating knee injury in a late-camp practice, tearing his ACL, dislocating his knee, and enduring "other structural damage." We're not betting against Bridgewater returning earlier than expected, but the Vikings have to protect themselves if that's the case. The Vikings have newly acquired Sam Bradford under contract for the next two seasons at $36 million.
Sat, Sep 3, 2016 11:10:00 AM

Vikings placed QB Teddy Bridgewater (knee) on injured reserve, ending his season.

Bridgewater suffered a completely torn ACL, dislocated knee, and other structural damage at Tuesday's practice. He's facing a lengthy rehab and isn't a lock to be ready for Week 1 next season. Shaun Hill will replace Bridgewater, but the Vikings could look outside the organization for another quarterback.
Wed, Aug 31, 2016 05:24:00 PM

The Vikings announced Teddy Bridgewater suffered a completely torn ACL and dislocated knee at Tuesday's practice.

This was the fear. Bridgewater also suffered "other structural damage," and he's obviously done for the season. The Vikings expect Bridgewater to make a full recovery, but when exactly he'll be healed is anybody's guess. It's going to be a long, lonely rehab for the 24-year-old (in November). Minnesota's playoff chances take a big hit, even if Bridgewater isn't scaring many defenses with his arm. He showed tangible signs of progress the past year. Veteran backup Shaun Hill is a big downgrade. Adrian Peterson will be relied on even more.
Tue, Aug 30, 2016 08:22:00 PM

NFL.com's Ian Rapoport reports Teddy Bridgewater's knee injury was "gruesome," and that his teammates were "noticeably affected."

It sounds like we're dealing with a Kevin Ware/Paul George-type situation. An ambulance and paramedics were summoned when Bridgewater went down, with the paramedics being something longtime observers had never seen before at a Vikings training camp practice. Bridgewater isn't going to play this season. The question is fast becoming if he'll be ready for 2017.
Tue, Aug 30, 2016 06:29:00 PM

Depth Charts

Skill Players
PosRoleName
QB1Sam Bradford
2Teddy Bridgewater
3Case Keenum
4Taylor Heinicke
RB1Dalvin Cook
2Latavius Murray
3Jerick McKinnon
4Bishop Sankey
5C.J. Ham
GLB1Dalvin Cook
2Latavius Murray
3RB1Jerick McKinnon
2Dalvin Cook
WR11Stefon Diggs
2Jarius Wright
3Isaac Fruechte
4Moritz Bohringer
WR21Adam Thielen
2Laquon Treadwell
3Cayleb Jones
4Mitch Mathews
WR31Jarius Wright
TE1Kyle Rudolph
2David Morgan
3Kyle Carter
4Nick Truesdell
LT1Riley Reiff
2T.J. Clemmings
3Rashod Hill
LG1Alex Boone
2Willie Beavers
C1Joe Berger
2Nick Easton
RG1Pat Elflein
2Zac Kerin
3Austin Shepherd
RT1Mike Remmers
2Jeremiah Sirles
3Reid Fragel
4Marquis Lucas
K1Kai Forbath
2Marshall Koehn