August 31, 2016

Teddy Bridgewater Tears ACL, Will Miss Season: Minnesota Vikings quarterback Teddy Bridgewater suffered a dislocated knee and a torn ACL when he went down during a non-contact drill at practice Tuesday, ending his 2016 season. Bridgewater dropped back to pass during a drill, planted his foot and immediately went down. The 23-year-old quarterback led the Vikings to a division championship last season. His backup is Shaun Hill, 36. Before this injury the Vikings were a popular choice of gamblers to win the Super Bowl, with odds trailing only the Green Bay Packers, Pittsburgh Steelers and New England Patriots.

posted by rcade to football at 10:25 AM - 6 comments

When you see how hurting they are at QB without Bridgewater, you wonder why they didn't look at drafting someone this year, especially seeing how intriguing the latter round talent has been thus far. Belichick drafts a QB every two or three years as a matter of course.

posted by beaverboard at 10:57 AM on August 31, 2016

Sure, but Belichick usually has a team without too many gaping holes and scads of draft picks, so he can take a flyer on a 3rd or 4th round QB once in a while.

posted by LionIndex at 11:04 AM on August 31, 2016

I'm always mystified when a healthy athlete in a non-contact drill plants a foot and blows up a knee. Dante Fowler Jr. lost his rookie year to that kind of preseason nightmare.

posted by rcade at 12:28 PM on August 31, 2016

That was exactly what happened to my knee.

('Healthy athlete" might be a stretch, though).

posted by owlhouse at 09:29 PM on August 31, 2016

I wonder if its a matter of degree. Athlete takes hits of different types which individually have a small impact on the ligament and then there's the last hit that puts him or her over the line. That is, that tears the ligament. I know this is the case with lower back pain, everything is fine with the nerve compressed up to a certain amount and one day it gets compressed just abit more--boom, agony!

posted by billsaysthis at 11:57 AM on September 01, 2016

Amen with the agony, brother. Boom goes the spine-amite.

Just heard back from the Museum of Natural History. They don't want my bones if I donate them. The ones they have from a Mesozoic Allosaurus are in much better shape.

posted by beaverboard at 02:35 PM on September 01, 2016

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