Vik­ings QB suf­fers torn ACL, dis­lo­ca­tion

Bridge­wa­ter to have surgery on left knee in com­ing days; Red­skins game moved up

Baltimore Sun - - NFL & RAVENS - The Wash­ing­ton Post con­trib­uted to this ar­ti­cle.

The Min­nesota Vik­ings say quar­ter­back Teddy Bridge­wa­ter suf­fered a dis­lo­cated left knee and com­plete tear to his ACL in a freak prac­tice in­jury.

The Vik­ings made the an­nounce­ment Tues­day night, hours af­ter Bridge­wa­ter was taken from the prac­tice field in an am­bu­lance to a hospi­tal. The in­jury to one of the team’s most pop­u­lar play­ers left a fran­chise that en­tered the sea­son with de­signs on a Su­per Bowl run shaken to the core.

Head ath­letic trainer Eric Su­gar­man says Bridge­wa­ter also suf­fered other struc­tural dam­age to his knee, but there ap­pears to be no nerve or ar­te­rial dam­age.

Su­gar­man says Bridge­wa­ter is ex­pected to make a full re­cov­ery af­ter a “sig­nif­i­cant” re­ha­bil­i­ta­tion. He will have surgery in the com­ing days.

Asked af­ter prac­tice about mov­ing for­ward with a pall cast over his team, coach Mike Zimmer said: “My wife passed away seven years ago. It was a bad day and the sun came up the next day. We’re not go­ing to stick our heads in the sand. We’re go­ing to find a way.” Red­skins-Bucs game moved: With Trop­i­cal De­pres­sion Nine ex­pected to hit the Tampa, Fla., area Thurs­day, the Buc­ca­neers an­nounced that their pre­sea­son game against Wash­ing­ton will take place a day ear­lier.

The Buc­ca­neers and Red­skins will kick off at 8 tonight. Wash­ing­ton cuts Ri­ley, Paea: De­fen­sive end Stephen Paea and in­side line­backer Perry Ri­ley Jr. were among the five cuts Wash­ing­ton made to meet the league-wide dead­line by 4 p.m.

Wash­ing­ton also waived wide re­ceiver Reg­gie Diggs, placed tight end Derek Car­rier on the phys­i­cally-un­able-to-per­form list and put run­ning back Keith Marshall on the re­serve/in­jured list. Ben­gals cut Tate: The Ben­gals re­leased re­ceiver Bran­don Tate, the fran­chise leader in punt re­turns, leav­ing room for a rookie to take the job.

Un­drafted rookie Alex Erick­son im­pressed dur­ing the pre­sea­son, with an 80-yard touch­down among his four punt re­turns. Sec­ond-round pick Tyler Boyd also re­turned a cou­ple of punts, one for 24 yards. Law­son out first six games: Buf­falo Bills line­backer Shaq Law­son will miss at least the first six weeks of the sea­son af­ter the first-round draft pick was placed on the re­serve/phys­i­cally un­able to per­form list.

Law­son only be­gan work­ing out on his own two weeks ago af­ter hav­ing shoul­der surgery in May to re­pair an in­jury that nagged him at Clem­son.

The des­ig­na­tion means the pass-rush­ing spe­cial­ist must sit out the first six weeks of the sea­son be­fore he can be­gin prac­tic­ing. The Bills would then have five weeks to de­ter­mine whether to ac­ti­vate him or place him on the sea­son-end­ing in­jured/re­serve list. Dol­phins side­line Jor­dan: De­fen­sive end Dion Jor­dan was placed on the re­serve non-foot­ball in­jury list, mean­ing he’s in­el­i­gi­ble for the first six games of the sea­son.

The move was ex­pected af­ter Jor­dan, the No. 3 over­all draft pick in 2013, un­der­went mi­nor knee surgery in late July. Joeckel shifted to guard: Jack­sonville will start Kelvin Beachum at left tackle and move Luke Joeckel, the sec­ond over­all pick in 2013, to left guard.

Beachum and Joeckel spent much of train­ing camp split­ting rep­e­ti­tions at both po­si­tions. Giants shore up line: New York, which has strug­gled on of­fense in the pre­sea­son, re-signed veteran Will Beatty, who was cut in Fe­bru­ary.

Beatty re­ceived a one-year con­tract for a guar­an­teed $1.1 mil­lion.


Vik­ings quar­ter­back Teddy Bridge­wa­ter suf­fered a dis­lo­cated left knee and com­plete tear to his ACL on Tues­day in a freak prac­tice in­jury.

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