MINNEAPOLIS -- The Minnesota Vikings are still waiting to see when they might get quarterback Teddy Bridgewater back from the knee injury he suffered on Aug. 30. It doesn't appear, though, that they've ruled out the possibility he could return in 2017, despite a report to the contrary.
The team said Friday there was no new update on Bridgewater's rehabilitation from a torn ACL and dislocated left knee, after a Bleacher Report video said Bridgewater was expected to need until March 2018 to return from the injury. Bridgewater's agent, Kennard McGuire, told ESPN's Adam Schefter that "I would not overreact to a story that has zero substance and no credibility.”
The Vikings referred back to coach Mike Zimmer's comments from his season-ending news conference on Jan. 3, when he said the team did not know when Bridgewater would return, attributing the lingering uncertainty to the many variables that come with a knee dislocation as opposed to a normal ACL tear. Zimmer reiterated those remarks in a Jan. 15 appearance on ESPN, saying, "There's been so much variation in these types of injuries and how long some of them have taken compared to others.
"Teddy, I would never bet against this guy. He's just got a smile on his face, comes in, works hard every day. You wish everybody who was injured would act exactly like he does."
When ESPN's Trey Wingo asked Zimmer if Bridgewater could return by the start of the season, Zimmer said, "I wouldn't bet against him for the beginning of the season, but typically, it's a little bit longer than that, so we'll just have to wait and see."