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Teddy Bridgewater undergoes successful surgery

The road to recovery for Teddy Bridgewater has begun following his devastating injury.

Vikings coach Mike Zimmer said Thursday that the young quarterback's surgery earlier in the day was a success. The team also received even better news: There wasn't any additional structural damage found in Bridgewater's knee.

"Teddy Bridgewater had his left knee surgically repaired yesterday," Eric Sugarman, Vikings director of sports medicine and head athletic trainer, said Friday in a statement. "The procedure was performed by Dr. Dan Cooper at the Carrell Clinic in Dallas, Texas. The knee dislocation resulted in Teddy needing a multi-ligament reconstruction. I was able to be present in Dallas, support Teddy and observe the entire procedure. The repair was excellent and gives Teddy every reason to be very optimistic.

"Teddy already began the rehab process yesterday, will return to Minnesota to continue on the road to recovery very soon and looks forward to getting back on the field."

Even though Zimmer hasn't talked with Bridgewater since he underwent the surgery, the Vikings coach has faith that the franchise cornerstone will be ready to take the next step.

"It'll be a good rehab," Zimmer said. "He'll have bad days and he'll have good days and he'll have to keep, like he always does, keep fighting."

Thursday was the first step of many in Bridgewater hopefully returning for next season's opener.

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