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27 Jan 2017

Bridgewater Likely to Miss Entire 2017 Season

Well, that sucks. It's been rumored, as Bridgewater's injury apparently has an 18-month average recovery timeframe. The guy is going to be a free agent in 2018 having not played for two years. Ugh. By the way, this is a video rather than article, so just be aware when clicking. You can discuss below without watching video.

Posted by: Aaron Schatz on 27 Jan 2017

25 comments, Last at 30 Jan 2017, 11:08am by ChrisS


by billprudden :: Fri, 01/27/2017 - 3:25pm

I'm glad it was a non-contact practice field stretching and sprinting type deal, because I'd hate to be the guy who took $100m out of Teddy's pocket...

by Noah Arkadia :: Fri, 01/27/2017 - 9:44pm

He had one of the most devastating injuries in recent memory stretching and sprinting? How did that happen?

by Lebo :: Sat, 01/28/2017 - 10:05am

From memory, I think it was an open-field cut that caused it.

by andrew :: Sat, 01/28/2017 - 10:05am

It wasn't stretching and sprinting it was dropping back to pass, and planting his leg.

We don't reallly know why it happened. Was there something he did wrong and it was just a fluke, and he could have been healthy all year if he had sat out that play? Or was there some flaw in his knee waiting to happen that was going to eventually happen and that is just when it did?

These kinds of things are scary to a team when looking to make a commitment...

Maybe the team doctors do know more.

by billprudden :: Sat, 01/28/2017 - 10:25am

Gotcha. What I meant was more like 'nobody touching him' when it happened.

by Bright Blue Shorts :: Sat, 01/28/2017 - 10:29am

Bill Grammatica - short-arsed kicker - screwed his ACL just jumping up and down at a FG ...


by ChrisS :: Mon, 01/30/2017 - 11:08am

Stephon Tulloch of the Lions did the same celebrating after a sack https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=y5qKjPZ8hac

by PatsFan :: Fri, 01/27/2017 - 3:41pm

He might not be a free agent after all.

In articles about Sebastian Vollmer (who was on PUP/IR the entire year) it was said multiple times that if a player is on PUP/IR for the entire year of the last year of his contract, the contract is tolled and he does not become a free agent.

by Will Allen :: Fri, 01/27/2017 - 4:16pm

Rookie contracts should be two years long, and the Franchise tag should start at 125% of the average of the top paid 5 guys at the position.

I thought this was very likely from the first few days after this injury. No doubt Vikings management thought it was likely, too, which meant the Bradford trade was even more of a no-brainer.

Vikings 1st rounders from 2014, 2013, and 2011 missed 16, 15, and 14 games due to injury. What a season.

by The Ninjalectual :: Sat, 01/28/2017 - 12:47pm

Frustration over the desultory and capricious nature of injuries one year drove me to quit fantasy football. Some years I worry that team health is going to trump talent in the NFL altogether... I don't think that day is imminent or anything, but it's not a radical idea

by ansum :: Sat, 01/28/2017 - 7:24pm

I look at overcoming injuries in fantasy football as a skill rather than an impediment to playing. There will be enough chances in season long FF to get lucky somewhere down the line if you can just keep your team from totally imploding.

by Raiderjoe :: Fri, 01/27/2017 - 4:27pm

Hopefully he can come back in 2018 but no way could any team count on him as clear starter at tjhat point. don't b e surprirsed if t. bridgewater does not get great shot at starting job for four or five years at this rate. can see a long shelving at this pioint a la K. Stabler, J. Hostetler and T. green (although those guys sat for numerous years gor different reasons)

by Alternator :: Fri, 01/27/2017 - 5:26pm

The Browns traded for RG3, who hadn't been good since his rookie year, just hoping that he'd be fully recovered and able to play effectively. There's no way that Bridgewater doesn't have some team at least try the same thing, and if the Vikings aren't going to start him, why not take a third (conditional second, whatever) and draft a project?

by justanothersteve :: Fri, 01/27/2017 - 9:36pm

I think this sucks and I'm a Packers fan. I actually liked watching Teddy. I agree the Vikings should draft a mid-round project like Evans from VA Tech who's been accurate but many think he came out too early.

by Aaron Brooks Go... :: Mon, 01/30/2017 - 10:30am

Evans did come out too early.

He's good, and he made the most of an offense that was bereft of RB talent. But he benefited from playing with two NFL-level WRs and an NFL-level TE. (Hodges is more accurately a Graham-style split end)

He tore up some good defenses, but he also generally could throw up a sideline fade to any of three guys with a solid chance of a completion and almost no chance of an INT. He's got some similarities to Watson, but he's not as good.

Put it this way -- having watched a lot of VT QBs, he's better than Thomas or Glennon. He's not as good as Taylor, although he might be a smoother passer. Taylor's O-line was a dumpster fire in his last two seasons, though.

by dmstorm22 :: Fri, 01/27/2017 - 5:15pm

What specifically was his injury that creates an 18-month recovery timeframe?

I remember hearing reports of Vikings players throwing up at how gruesome it was?

by Alternator :: Fri, 01/27/2017 - 5:27pm

Shredded ACL + dislocated knee.

by andrew :: Sat, 01/28/2017 - 10:06am

In an interview this week Kyle Rudolph said the accounts of players throwing up were not true.

"I was corrupt before I had power!" - Random

by The Ninjalectual :: Sat, 01/28/2017 - 1:08pm

Having a signature underneath your post like this is extremely disconcerting and confusing, like changing the subject in the middle linebacker, also called a "mike," who is the key to many blocking schemes, Machiavellian and often unlawful, but can be effective at times.

Can you see how that sentence went off the rails completely? That's what your signature does to EVERY SINGLE POST. Honestly I wish FO would disable this "feature" to save you from yourself

by dbostedo :: Sat, 01/28/2017 - 3:07pm

Agreed... if they could just add a horizontal line to offset it or something it might be OK. But I get jarred by it every time someone has one.

by theslothook :: Fri, 01/27/2017 - 8:02pm

Hard to believe his injury was worse than Victor Cruise's, who still managed to get back in a year and a half.

This really sucks for him and likely won't ever feel normal in his lifetime.

by BroncosGuyAgain :: Fri, 01/27/2017 - 10:28pm

I believe that there was a dislocation at the knee joint at both sides, i.e. both the femur and the tibia dislodged from the knee joint. Yes, that would be a gruesome injury. There was speculation -- and I emphasize "speculation" -- that Mr. Bridgewater was in danger of losing his leg. (Not to diminish what Victor Cruz (no relation to Tom) endured, but the injuries are not similar.)

My wish for Mr. Bridgewater is a healthy, normal life. Concerns about career longevity and free agency leverage are, for me, decidedly secondary.

by andrew :: Sat, 01/28/2017 - 10:07am

FWIW Bridgewater's agent denies this story.

by jtr :: Sat, 01/28/2017 - 1:15pm

The Vikings have Bradford under contract for this coming season, but things get real weird in 2018 when both Bradford and Bridgewater are free agents. No idea how the Vikings should approach that. Ideally, they would want to be able to resign Bridgewater on a cheap "prove it" contract, but I think somebody (Browns, Jets, Texans, etc) will be desperate enough to give him starter money. He's already shown more ability than Osweiler ever did.

by GwillyGecko :: Sat, 01/28/2017 - 2:42pm

the vikings will just pick up bridgewaters rookie contract fifth year option and then hes not a free agent until 2019