The NFC North race may have just taken a dramatic turn, as Minnesota Vikings quarterback Teddy Bridgewater suffered a season-ending injury during practice on Tuesday.
The injury occurred about 20 minutes into the Vikings’ practice, and left the quarterback writhing on the ground in pain, according to reporters. Ultimately an ambulance was called in to transport Bridgewater to the hospital, and practice was called off following the injury.
According to multiple reports, Vikings teammates "vomited" when they saw the severity of the injury, and many were left visibly shaken even after Bridgewater was taken off the field.
"After undergoing an MRI, it was determined that Teddy suffered a complete tear to his ACL and other structural damage," Vikings head athletic trainer Eric Sugarman said in a statement. "Fortunately, there appears to be no nerve or arterial damage. Surgical repair will be scheduled within the next few days. Although the recovery time will be significant, we expect Teddy to make a full recovery."
"Teddy has already displayed the attitude needed to overcome this injury and attack his rehab," Sugarman added.
Bridgewater’s injury casts serious doubt on a Vikings team that was looking to compete with the Green Bay Packers for the NFC North crown. Bridgewater has been dealing with a shoulder issue during the preseason, but he looked great against the San Diego Chargers in the team’s last game and was looking to build on a season that saw him complete 65.3 percent of his passes in 2015.
With Bridgewater out for a significant period of time, the Vikings will have a huge question mark at their quarterback position. Shaun Hill is currently the back-up on their depth chart, but with teams starting to cut players to get down to their final 53-man roster at the end of the week, they could conceivably grab another quarterback to provide some competition in the role.