Vikings: Surgery gives Bridgewater reason to be 'optimistic'

EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn. (AP) The rehabilitation of Minnesota Vikings quarterback Teddy Bridgewater's left knee will require recovery from multiple ligament reconstruction.

The team issued a statement on Friday from athletic trainer and director of sports medicine Eric Sugarman, revealing the surgery the day before was performed in Dallas by Dr. Dan Cooper at the Carrell Clinic. The dislocation of Bridgewater's knee during practice on Aug. 30 resulted in a complete tear of his ACL, plus other significant damage. Sugarman's statement didn't specify how many of the other three knee ligaments were torn, only that it was more than just the ACL.

Sugarman, who was present in Dallas for the procedure, said the repair was ''excellent'' and will give Bridgewater ''every reason to be very optimistic.''


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