Minnesota Vikings: Teddy Bridgewater diagnosed with a concussion


The Minnesota Vikings were victorious on Sunday and moved into a first place tie in the NFC North with the Green Bay Packers, but the bigger news for the Vikings is who didn’t finish the game. Teddy Bridgewater was knocked out of the game with a concussion.

In the fourth quarter, the Vikings second-year quarterback was scrambling and was sliding when St. Louis Rams cornerback Lamarcus Joyner hit the sliding quarterback. Joyner hit Bridgewater right in the head with his elbow and caused the former Louisville quarterback’s head to bounce of the turf at TCF Bank Stadium.

Bridgwater slid early enough that Joyner should have been able to avoid the Vikings quarterback and with the blow straight to the helmet, it sure looked intentional from the Vikings’ standpoint. The Rams were flagged 15 yards for unnecessary roughness on the play.

Shaun Hill came into finish the game and the Vikings offense didn’t score after Bridgewater’s departure except for the Blair Walsh game winning field goal in overtime.

Before the concussion, Bridgewater was 13/21 for 144 yards and an interception while running the ball into the end zone for a touchdown himself.

Hill was 2/6 for 15 yards in his short stint taking over for Bridgewater.

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It looked like on the hit that Bridgewater was knocked out after hitting his head twice quickly on the defender’s elbow and on the turf. Bridgewater did walk off the field himself, but he will still need to pass the league’s concussion protocol before being cleared to practice or play in next Sunday’s game against the Oakland Raiders.

It’s a developing story that could see Bridgewater cleared and ready to go by the middle of the week or missing the Vikings next game. It’s a total crapshoot to guess with everyone responding to concussions differently.

Stay tuned for more on Bridgewater’s status throughout the week.

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