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Is Teddy ready? He tells ESPN his biggest inspiration through rehab process

Does no knee brace mean no problem for Teddy Bridgewater?

Before regular season 2016 began Bridgewater went down due to a noncontact knee injury during practice. The injury was reported as a “complete tear” of the ACL and “other structural damages.” The severity of the injury brought into question when Bridegwater would recover…would it take two years? Was it career ending? Bridgewater put a silence to the skepticism through mini camp and is expected to participate in training camp next week without a knee brace.

With a recovery much further along than expected, Bridgewater tells ESPN 106.3 his mother was his inspiration. She was diagnosed with breast cancer when he was 15 years old.

“Her experience gives me a positive outlook on anything I go through,” Bridgewater said. “I saw her at her lowest point in her life. She lost all her hair, fingernails turned black. She couldn’t get out of the bed to use the restroom; so for me it opened my eyes. Told me ‘hey, there’s someone out there going through something 10 times worse than what I’m going through.

“I have two options. I could laydown and give up or I could fight this and I come from a background of a fighter,” he told ESPN 106.3. “She fought breast cancer and she instilled that fight in me.”

Ready to make his return in the lineup, Bridgewater will have to play without Adrian Peterson this season.

“I was unaware,” Bridgewater said of Peterson’s departure. Focusing on himself, he didn’t realize the Vikings were deciding to part ways with one of his beloved teammates.

“He’s a great guy,” Bridegwater said of Peterson on ESPN 106.3. “The New Orleans Saints have a great player and an even better person off the field. It was great, the short time we had in Minnesota. I don’t really know what happened with that situation in Minnesota but I can only wish him the best.”

By Gino Terrell

Read about Teddy Bridgewater’s road to recovery.

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Gino Terrell is the Director of Content at Hidden Valley Culture Blog/In-Depth section. Terrell covered local artists and reviewed mainstream shows in the Minneapolis-St. Paul area under the Twin Cities Daily Planet (2014-15). He also freelanced for MinnPost and interned at Pioneer Press, KSTP TV (the Minneapolis ABC News Affiliate) and American Public Media Group. He's accumulated over 30 awards from the Associated Collegiate Press, Society of Professional Journalists and National Association of Black Journalists and founded award winning student-magazine Pipers In-Depth at Hamline University (St. Paul, Minnesota). He was once the sports editor for the school newspaper, The Oracle. Follow him on Twitter: @Gin026

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