It seems that something very bad happened to Teddy Bridgewater's knee during practice on Tuesday. According to Vikings blog Daily Norseman, the third-year Minnesota quarterback "went back to pass and then went down without contact. He went to the ground, holding his left knee and appeared to be in a great deal of pain." Practice was called off early. Bridgewater's leg was immobilized with an air cast. An ambulance was called.
Bad scene. Bridgewater down in pocket grabbing left knee. Players freaked out, swearing and praying. Immobilized. Practice halted #Vikings— Brian Murphy (@murphPPress) August 30, 2016
You could hear a pin drop on field as Bridgewater was tended do on ground -- silence only broken by several F-bombs players screamed#Vikings— Brian Murphy (@murphPPress) August 30, 2016
Injury happened in team drills. Appeared to be non contact but I didn't get a clear view. Just heard screaming and guys slamming helmets— chipscoggins (@chipscoggins) August 30, 2016
There hasn't yet been any confirmed reports as to the severity of the injury, but that sure sounds like something that will cost Bridgewater extended playing time, if not the entire season.
If that's the case, former Ole Miss standout Laquon Treadwell's hopes for a breakout rookie season just took a serious hit.
Bridgewater and Quon are a perfect fit.
Treadwell's draft stock took on water after he posted an underwhelming 4.6 40-yard dash, dropping him to the Vikings at No. 23. But that lack of downfield speed isn't really a limiting factor when the not-so-rocket-armed Bridgewater is under center—per Football Focus, he attempted only 48 passes that traveled 20-plus yards in the air last season (23rd in the league) and his average target was just 7.4 yards downfield.
What Bridgewater does have is pinpoint aim (he led the NFL with an accuracy percentage of 79.3 last season). What Treadwell has is size, strength and a huge catch radius. Combine Teddy’s accuracy and Quon’s ability to fight off defenders, and they could be one hell of a combo.
Shaun Hill... not so much.
Instead of catching passes from a 23-year-old first-rounder coming off of a promising sophomore season, Treadwell could be stuck with a 36-year-old journeyman who’s attempted at least 15 passes in just one of his last five seasons. Hill’s only significant snaps during that time were with the Rams in 2014, when he struggled to distance himself from Austin Davis in the wake of Sam Bradford’s ACL tear. Hill completed 63.3 percent of his passes for 1,657 yards, eight touchdowns and seven picks that season.
On the positive side, Quon and Hill did connect for this nifty two-point conversation against San Diego last weekend.
The only other quarterback currently on Minnesota’s roster is 24-year-old rookie Joel Stave out of Wisconsin, meaning the Vikings will likely have to add a veteran quarterback to fill the ranks. There’s, uh, Jimmy Clausen? Either way, this is crushing news for the Vikings offense.