The Minnesota Vikings were hoping that this would be their year. Last season, they lost to the Seahawks in the playoffs thanks to a short missed field goal. With an elite defense and improving offense, the Vikings hoped to take things to another level in 2016. But now, it looks like they will have to try and make that leap without the services of starting quarterback Teddy Bridgewater. According to head coach Mike Zimmer, the chances of Bridgewater playing at all this season are minimal.

Injury

By all accounts, the injury to Bridgewater was very serious. Vikings players stopped what they were doing in practice once they realized what had happened to Bridgewater.

The Vikings actually suspended and then stopped practice because of the severity of Bridgewater'sinjury.

Bridgewater would later betaken off the field by an ambulance and several paramedics were there to help him out.

This rare event was already a signal that Bridgewater's injury was going to be very serious. The news only got worse when people heard that he was taken to a trauma center for what was described as a "non-contact injury."

Right now, everyone is just hoping that Bridgewater will be alright.

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An injury like this can take a long time to heal and needs to be treated with caution. For now, the Vikings will just have to figure out what they will do at the quarterback position for a majority of the season.

How will the Vikings Deal with the Injury?

With Bridgewater set to miss an extended period of time, the Vikings will have to look for help outside the organization. The only serviceable backup is Shaun Hill, a 36-year-old veteran who won't be able to play at a high level in 2016.

There aren't a lot of great quarterbacks out there, but there are a few on the trading block. Mark Sanchez, who lost the starting battle to Trevor Siemian, is good enough to be a fill-in while Bridgewater is out. The Vikings could also turn to 49ers backup quarterback Colin Kaepernick, who has found himself embroiled in controversy after refusing to stand for the national anthem. The Vikings don't need a great quarterback, they just need someone to manage the game while the defense and Adrian Peterson do their jobs.

Either of these two would definitely work for that purpose.

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