Bridgewater thanks Vikings, fans in first public statement since injury
Minnesota Vikings quarterback Teddy Bridgewater released a statement via Vikings.com on Thursday afternoon, citing his mother's winning battle with breast cancer as his inspiration after the 23-year-old suffered a devastating knee injury on Tuesday.
Bridgewater thanked the Vikings and his fans for their "thoughts and prayers," while pledging to support the team "mentally, physically and in spirit" throughout the 2016 season.
The Vikings' starting quarterback dislocated his knee in practice earlier this week, tearing his ACL and suffering other structural damage according to Vikings athletic trainer Eric Sugarman.
The severity of Bridgewater's injury could sideline him well into 2017, leaving backup Shaun Hill as the Vikings' presumptive starter.
The team could also explore other options at the position this season, including Denver Broncos quarterback Mark Sanchez and Kansas City Chiefs quarterback Aaron Murray.
The full statement follows: