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Teddy Bridgewater Injury Updates

Jets QB Teddy Bridgewater (knee) appears to be a full-go at OTAs, according to insider Manish Mehta. "Rolling out in 11-on-11 team drills. Looks really good," Mehta tweeted. It's not a major surprise considering Bridgewater was cleared to practice with the Vikings last October. The final step in his return from August 2016 knee injury is returning to game action. Unfortunately, he probably won't get that chance in New York with Josh McCown and Sam Darnold ahead of him on the depth chart. Bridgewater will hit free agency again next offseason.

The Jets selected USC QB Sam Darnold with the 3rd pick of the 2018 NFL Draft. Turning 21 in June, Darnold is the youngest QB ever drafted. After redshirting in 2015 and serving as backup for the first 3 games of 2016, Darnold completed a sterling 67.4% of his passes with 29 TDs vs. 8 INTs over the final 10 contests. His numbers took a step back this past year, due in part to the loss of WR JuJu Smith-Schuster and a lingering ankle injury. But a 63.1% completion rate, 8.6 yards per attempt, 26 TDs and 13 INTs ain’t shabby. (Just ask Josh Allen.) Ball-security is the biggest knock against Darnold. On top of his 22 INTs over the past 2 years, he also lost 14 fumbles. Darnold has plenty of arm talent, though. And, while he won’t do a ton of damage on the ground, he’s mobile enough. In New York, he joins a QB room with Josh McCown and Teddy Bridgewater. Consider Darnold the favorite to be under center come Week 1.

The Vikings have signed QB Case Keenum, according to FOX 26 in Houston. The move doesn't mean much for fantasy owners, given that Keenum's not good enough to push Sam Bradford for a job. But the former Texan and Ram seems slightly high-profile for a 3rd QB, and we're all waiting to see if Teddy Bridgewater will be able to return from his 2016 knee injury. We'll be watching for any progress from Bridgewater this offseason. Minnesota's QB spot, meanwhile, doesn't make for an attractive fantasy football target.

Vikings GM Rick Spielman stopped short of guaranteeing that QB Teddy Bridgewater will be able to play again. "Everybody's hoping," Spielman said, adding that the team has no timetable for the former 1st-round pick's return. Updates on Bridgewater's recovery from a torn ACL and dislocated knee have been sparse. This is a reminder of the extreme severity of injury he's attempting to return from. Dynasty owners should only consider Bridgewater a wait-and-see bench stash at this point.

The Minneapolis Star-Tribune reports that the Vikings still have no timeline for QB Teddy Bridgewater's return from August's devastating knee injury. There are rumors that he could miss the entire 2017 season as well. HC Mike Zimmer also said this week that QB Sam Bradford has "earned the right" to remain the starter. We'll see how/whether Bridgewater progresses this offseason and what comes of the Vikings' QB situation.

The Vikings announced that QB Teddy Bridgewater suffered a complete tear of his ACL, a dislocated knee and "other structural damage" in Tuesday's practice. He's done for the season. Exactly what the "other structural damage" entails will play a big part in when he's able to get back on the field and whether he's ready for the start of the 2017 season. The team added that there's "no nerve or arterial damage" to the knee and that they expect Bridgewater to make a full recovery. He'll be just 24 when the 2017 season kicks off and could still have a long career in front of them. But his dynasty stock has certainly taken a hit with this serious injury.

Vikings QB Teddy Bridgewater suffered a "significant" injury to his left knee in practice Tuesday, HC Mike Zimmer told the media late Tuesday afternoon. Zimmer said the team didn't know the extent of the injury yet but that Bridgewater's hope for playing this season "doesn't look good right now." Shaun Hill steps in as the starter for however long Bridgewater will miss. The 36-year-old obviously means a step down from the 3rd-year starter, but Hill has started 6+ games in 3 other seasons and fared OK. He needs only to be decent in a Vikings offense that leans heavily on the running game and gains support from an ascending defense. Going from Bridgewater to Hill dings the upside for WRs Stefon Diggs, Charles Johnson and Laquon Treadwell a bit. We've knocked them down our WR rankings, but none was an early-round option to begin with. A sluggish pass offense could also hurt RB Adrian Peterson by allowing defenses to stack the box more -- like we saw with Rams opponents vs. Todd Gurley late last year. But Peterson already saw plenty of that in 2015. He's still a fine pick anywhere in the 1st half of Round 2.

Vikings QB Teddy Bridgewater went down with a non-contact injury on Tuesday. He was reportedly grabbing at his left knee and had to be carted off. Minnesota ended practice after the injury. This obviously seems serious, but we'll wait for another update. Minnesota's backup QB is Shaun Hill. And extended absence for Bridgewater would mean even more volume for RB Adrian Peterson.

Vikings QB Teddy Bridgewater suffered a head injury in the 4th quarter of Sunday's game.  He took an elbow to the head as he went down to slide and appeared to be knocked out on the field.  Bridgewater was able to walk off the field but almost certainly has a concussion.

Update: Bridgewater has been ruled out with a concussion.

Vikings QB Matt Cassel suffered a left foot injury in the 2nd quarter of Sunday's game against the Saints.  He's currently being evaluated by trainers, while QB Teddy Bridgewater warms up.  We'll update Cassel's status when we learn more.

 
 
 

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