The game of football can be brutal, unforgiving and unpredictable. The NFL was buzzing about the progression of second-year QB Teddy Bridgewater coming off a 2015 season in which the Minnesota Vikings went 11-5 and won the NFC North.
Teddy B threw for over 3,200 yards in a ball-control offense and his inspired play thrust him into the spotlight. 2016 was supposed to be a monster season for one of the league’s rising African-American slingers.
The NFL community was hype off of Minnesota’s possibilities on both sides of the ball, However, no one accounted for the sudden career-threatening torn ACL and dislocated knee that Bridgewater would suffer during the preseason.
It was a horrific sight that had his teammates throwing helmets and cursing aloud in horror as the possibility of a lost season without their leader immediately infiltrated everyone’s positive thoughts.
The Vikings knew it could take more than a year and that’s why they gave up those picks for Sam Bradford.
The season that was supposed to see Bridgewater elevate his standing among the game’s prolific QBs has come and passed. In fact, Bradford set an NFL record for highest completion percentage in a season (71.6), but he didn’t have the late-game swag or the belief of the city and team like Bridgewater had in just two seasons at the helm.
The final game of 2016 will be played next weekend as the Patriots and ATL’s Dirty Birds battle it out for league supremacy in Super Bowl 51.
And according to latest reports, fans will have to wait another season to see Bridgewater do his thing again as he is likely to miss all of the 2017 season, too.
Word has spread throughout social media that doctors have informed the Vikings that Bridgewater's knee injury typically takes 19 months to heal. They are looking at a March 2018 return.
You never know if that next twist or turn is your last one in the NFL. Bridgewater went down in a non-contact drill and now we are looking at two years later for his return. Missing one season is hard for a young QB, but missing two can be a career killer. Ask RG3.
I hope we haven’t seen the last of Teddy B.