Devastating news came out of Minnesota today as Vikings quarterback Teddy Bridgewater went down in practice with a non-contact injury. Whenever such an injury occurs, it's feared to be an ACL injury. If that indeed turns out to be the case, Bridgewater's season will end before it begins.
Vikings head coach held a press conference soon after, saying of Bridgewater's knee injury is "significant", adding the chances of playing this season "I don't know. It doesn't look good right now."
Injuries are a part of the game, but they are that part that no one likes to see. It's that looming fear players must block out in order to play at their best, without hesitation.
Hearing about such injuries is always tough for those who see their fellow NFL players as part of a family. For Derek Carr and Teddy Bridgewater, they are forever linked by being drafted just a few spots apart as the third and fourth quarterbacks taken in the 2014 draft. They are also often compared with each other, along with Blake Bortles as three of the top young arms in the NFL today.
As practice ended today, Derek Carr came off the field and walked right over to the few of us in the media present and asked "Did Teddy get hurt?" he said with a concerned eexpression. We all responded with the affirmative. "Dang," Carr said, walking away shaking his head.
Carr then took to Twitter to send Bridgewater a message of support.
I hope you are good bro! @teddyb_h2o ... My family and I are praying for you!— Derek Carr (@derekcarrqb) August 30, 2016
Khalil Mack was also in that draft class with Bridgewater and Carr. He heard the news for the first time after practice and was equally stunned.
"I didn't know that. Wow," Mack said upon hearing the news. "Practice? Wow. That's [injuries] the 12th man on the field for a lot of these times. . . Very unfortunate to hear that, yeah."
The Vikings will be looking at veteran journeyman backup Shaun Hill as the next man up to start. It's hard to even fathom where the Raiders would be if they lost Derek Carr right now. That's not a knock on Matt McGloin, but Carr is the face of this team. You have to feel for Teddy Bridgewater and the Vikings organization right now.