Wednesday, November 22, 2017
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Bridgewater tears ACL in practice, out for 2016

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EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn. — The Vikings said quarterback Teddy Bridgewater suffered a dislocated left knee and complete tear to his left ACL in a freak practice injury on Tuesday.

The Miami native is out for the season, nfl.com reported.

Bridgewater, 23, was taken from the practice field in an ambulance to a local 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 said Bridgewater also suffered other structural damage to his knee, but there appeared to be no nerve or arterial damage. Sugarman said Bridgewater is expected to make a full recovery after a "significant" rehabilitation and will have surgery in the coming days.

Bridgewater, the No. 32 overall draft pick in 2014, dropped back to pass during a drill, planted his foot and went down. He grabbed his left knee while concerned teammates and athletic trainers huddled around him.

Coach Mike Zimmer called off practice after 25 minutes. Moments later, an ambulance pulled into the team's Winter Park headquarters.

"Teddy's such a great kid," Zimmer said. "I love this kid. Our fans love this kid."

Also, center John Sullivan was released after eight seasons. He sat last season with a back injury.

Police mad at Kaepernick: Colin Kaepernick is hearing from San Francisco Bay Area law-enforcement officials after the 49ers quarterback refused to stand for the national anthem before a game last week. The San Francisco police officers' union called Kaepernick's statements "foolish" in a letter to commissioner Roger Goodell and 49ers owner Jed York. On Sunday, in elaborating on his protest, Kaepernick criticized the training of law-enforcement officers.

Bears: Quarterback Connor Shaw and center Hroniss Grasu went on season-ending injured reserve. Shaw suffered a gruesome left leg injury in Saturday's preseason loss to Kansas City on a hit by Rakeem Nunez-Roches. Grasu tore his right ACL when he fell without being touched in practice in early August.

Bengals: Receiver Brandon Tate, the franchise leader in punt returns, was released.

Bills: Rookie linebacker Shaq Lawson, the No 17 overall pick in the draft, will miss at least the first six weeks of the season. He had shoulder surgery in May and began working out on his own two weeks ago. Also, Buffalo acquired linebacker Lerentee McCray from Green Bay for an undisclosed pick in the 2018 draft.

Chiefs: Linebacker Justin Houston, slowly recovering from knee surgery in February, went on the physically unable to perform list.

Jaguars: Kelvin Beachum was named the starting left tackle, with former No. 2 overall draft pick Luke Joeckel moving to left guard.

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