The NFL pre- season is drawing to a close with just one round of games left before the season opener in Denver, Colorado.
There has already been bad news for several teams with regards their top stars getting hurt or suspended, but the worst news may have just been delivered to the Minnesota Vikings.
A big blow
It was announced earlier on Tuesday that Vikings' quarterback Teddy Bridgewater has suffered a knee injury in training.
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The Vikings' training session came to a very early close after just 30 minutes when Bridgewater went down hurt off of a non contact incident.
Bridgewater was sedated before being taken for an MRI scan which confirmed the worst fears of the team and fans alike.
A report confirmed that Bridgewater suffered a dislocated knee and a torn ACL - an injury that could be set keep him on the sidelines for the entire 2016 season.
"After undergoing an MRI, it was determined that Teddy suffered a complete tear to his ACL and other structural damage ... Fortunately, there appears to be no nerve or arterial damage. Surgical repair will be scheduled within the next few days." - Vikings' report on Bridgewater
Head Coach Mike Zimmer was asked about Bridgewater's chances to play in 2016 and he claimed that "right now it doesn't look good".
Bridgewater had an impressive season in 2015 leading the Vikings to the NFC North championship and into the post- season.
Commenting on Minnesota's chances this year if they are to go without Bridgewater, Zimmer claimed that:
"Everybody can count us out but I think that'd be the wrong thing to do."
The Vikings now have a choice to make about their immediate future at quarterback as they are left to wonder if they trade to bring a replacement in or stick with one of their back up quarterbacks.
Journeyman Shaun Hill and the untested Joel Stave are the only healthy quarterbacks left on the Minnesota roster, but some names could be available via a trade.
San Francisco 49ers star Colin Kaepernick, Denver Broncos back up Mark Sanchez and even New York Jets former second round pick Geno Smith have all been tipped as options for Minnesota.