Minnesota Vikings head coach Mike Zimmer gives a stern warning to teams in the NFL not to count them out yet as they aim to bounce back from losing Teddy Bridgewater to an injury.
Zimmer told reporters after Tuesday’s practice through NFL.com that they look to move on from Bridgewater’s gruesome injury. The 23-year-old Miami native suffered a dislocated knee and after an MRI done on it, doctors determined that Bridgewater also has a torn ACL.
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Zimmer added that counting them out before the season even starts would be a bad idea. He explained that they have other guys in their locker room who are ready to step up and take Bridgewater’s spot. They would dedicate every game for Bridgewater to motivate him to recover fast from his injury.
“That’s our job: to find a way. No one is going to feel sorry for us. We can talk all we want but we got guys in that locker room now … I’ll take them with me in an alley anywhere. Everybody can count us out if they want,” a defiant Zimmer stressed, “but I think that would be the wrong thing to do.”
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The Viking’s website reported that Bridgewater is due for a surgery within the coming days. Vikings director of sports medicine and head athletic trainer Eric Sugarman noted that Bridgwater’s is stable in the hospital and fortunately there were no artery or nerve damaged. He added that it is uncertain though on the timetable for Bridgewater’s recovery.
“Although the recovery time will take time, we expect Teddy to make a full recovery. I would like to thank all the medical professionals and our athletic training staff for all of their help today. Teddy has already displayed the attitude needed to overcome this injury and attack his rehab,” Sugarman said.
Zimmer looks to rally on the Vikings, who are contenders this year for a Super Bowl gig. With Bridgewater out for the rest of the season, the Vikings managed to re-sign Brad Sorensen whom they released Monday. Sorensen together with Joel Stave will likely backup Shaun Hill, who likely will take the starting role for the Vikings.
Hope is not yet lost for the Vikings as Zimmer tells that it will be an uphill battle for them all season long. And counting them out of contention is rather an understatement to their skills as a team.
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