Vikings QB suffers torn ACL, dislocation
Bridgewater to have surgery on left knee in coming days; Redskins game moved up
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.