Minnesota Vikings quarterback Teddy Bridgewater sustained a “significant” left knee injury during a non-contact play at practice on Tuesday.
Bridgewater dropped back to pass during a drill and planted his foot before crumpling to the ground.
The Vikings immediately stopped practice after 25 minutes and asked reporters to leave the field while medical personnel tended to Bridgewater. An ambulance drove onto the field at Winter Park for the 23-year-old Bridgewater, who was sedated and undergoing an MRI exam, according to Minnesota coach Mike Zimmer.
“We’re not going to stick our heads in the sand, tuck our tail between our legs,” Zimmer said. “We’re not going to make excuses.
“Everybody can count us out but I think that’d be the wrong thing to do.”
Shaun Hill serves as the backup to Bridgewater, who has provided a spark for Minnesota since being selected in the first round of the 2014 draft. Bridgewater completed 292-of-447 pass attempts for 3,231 yards and 14 touchdowns last season to lead the Vikings to an NFC North title and garner a Pro Bowl bid.
Hill is no stranger to stepping up in the face of injury, as the veteran replaced Detroit Lions quarterback Matthew Stafford in 2010 and Sam Bradford four years later after he tore his ACL with the then-St. Louis Rams. The 34-year-old is 16-18 as a starter in his career.
Earlier on Tuesday, the Vikings waived quarterback Brad Sorensen.
Sorensen, who was signed by Minnesota on Aug. 20, was added while Bridgewater and Hill sat out practice with respective injuries. Joel Stave is expected to serve as the team’s third-string quarterback.
Jones: No timeline on Romo’s return
FRISCO, Texas Add Jerry Jones to the list of those who doesn’t see Dallas Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo retiring anytime soon.
Jones spoke at length about Romo in an interview Tuesday morning on 105.3 FM The Fan, and reiterated that there is no definitive timeline for Romo to return from a compression fracture in his lower back.
“I don’t know and don’t know that anybody does,” Jones said. “But it’s quite a range there, four to six [weeks], six to eight, eight to — I just don’t know and I don’t know that anyone does that depends on the function he’ll put in relatively quick and then he’ll just need to get that back in good strength. And then we’ll go from there.”
Romo, 36, sustained the injury on the third play of the game in last Thursday’s preseason game at Seattle. Jones and Romo felt the organization had “dodged a bullet” after the game, but Romo woke up in discomfort Friday morning.
An MRI exam revealed a fracture in his lower back, something they say is unrelated to the two back surgeries Romo underwent in 2013.
At this point, retirement has become a question regarding Romo and Jones added to the growing list of those who doesn’t see Romo walking away from the game because of this.
“Well, he’ll retire sometime,” Jones said. “But I don’t expect this injury to cause him to retire.”
Texans’ Osweiler looks sharp
HOUSTON — Brock Osweiler delivered the football with precision Sunday, operating like a quarterback who has plenty of confidence in himself and his receivers’ speed and hands.
In a commanding performance that provided his most encouraging moments since signing a four-year, $72 million contract in March, the Texans’ new starting quarterback displayed zip and accuracy during a 34-24 preseason victory over the Arizona Cardinals at NRG Stadium.
Many of Osweiler’s throws showed textbook form as his spirals connected with his receivers in stride.
Osweiler looked more than prepared for the regular season as he concluded his preseason workload by completing 11 of 13 passes for 146 yards, one touchdown and no interceptions for a 139.1 passer rating. He started fast and remained on throughout nearly two quarters of action.
“I wouldn’t say on, but I would say I felt more comfortable than I have in the past,” Osweiler said. “It goes back to every single time I get the opportunity to rep this offense, whether it be in a game or practice, I become a little more familiar with things.
“I understand how the footwork should tie in to my progression, where we’re trying to go, which matchups we’re trying to exploit. A large credit has to go to our coaching staff getting us prepared.”
Despite being sacked twice and not receiving any support from a nonexistent running game which generated just 19 yards on seven carries in the first half, the Texans’ newly-acquired starter looked polished and strong-armed.
“I thought he managed the offense well, made some good throws,” Texans coach Bill O’Brien said. “I was pleased with the way he played. I like Brock’s demeanor during the game, too. He’s very observant and he’s a good communicator with the coaches. That’s something that stood out to me.”
Osweiler won’t play in the Texans’ fourth preseason game against the Dallas Cowboys on Thursday night. In three preseason games, he finished with 297 yards on 27 of 39 accuracy with two touchdowns and one interception for a 97.9 passer rating.