REPORT: Doctors Fear Teddy Bridgewater May Never Play Another Snap In The NFL

Minnesota Vikings quarterback Teddy Bridgewater lies on the field after a hit during the second half of an NFL football game against the St. Louis Rams, Sunday, Nov. 8, 2015, in Minneapolis. (AP Photo/Ann Heisenfelt)

Though it not quite the same situation involving Tony Romo this year in Dallas, losing your job due to injury and having your replacement and team not skip can’t be easy.

Seemingly forgotten though the first six weeks of the NFL season, the Minnesota Vikings’ Super Bowl hopes, or any hopes for that matter, appeared all but dashed when their QB poised for an MVP-type season went down.

It now seems as if those hopes have moved towards hoping Bridgewater can even play another snap in the NFL.

The Vikings QB underwent surgery to repair a torn anterior cruciate ligament and other structural damage in his left knee due to a dislocation. The damage was so extensive, according to ESPN’s Adam Schefter, there is concern with “doctors around the league” that Bridgewater may not ever make it back to the NFL.

Here’s his full report from Sunday morning on NFL Countdown:

Teddy Bridgewater continues to rehab in Minnesota and he is making progress. Nearly two months after he dislocated his knee, Bridgewater is making strides and Vikings officials are pleased with where he’s at. But other doctors around the league know there are no guarantees Bridgewater will be able to return to the type of quarterback he was, if he makes it back to the NFL at all.

As one doctor who’s worked with NFL teams said this week, ‘If he didn’t make it back, it wouldn’t surprise me. This is a bad injury, about the worse knee injury a player can have.’

Doctors who have evaluated Bridgewater include James Andrews, the premier sports injury specialist.

Via CBS Sports –
Knee injuries are specific to individuals, meaning no one can simply look at what happened to Bridgewater in August and know where he is in October or November, especially as it pertains to how he’ll look in 2017 or 2018. But it’s obviously a testament to how terrible the knee injury was that there is concern around the league that Bridgewater might never be the same quarterback he once was. The injury he suffered absolutely put his career in jeopardy.