Matt Cassel Vikings Quarterback Sidelined for the Season

matt casselMatt Cassel, quarterback for the Minnesota Vikings has been placed on the injured reserve list although according to an insider, he is probably out for the entire season. This news came just three days after Cassel broke a number of bones in his left foot while playing the New Orleans Saints in last Sunday’s game.

Because of Cassel being sidelined, Teddy Bridgewater who filled in for the remainder of the game on Sunday will make his first official start with the NFL this week when the Vikings play the Atlanta Falcons. Because of the severity of Cassel’s injury, Bridgewater will most likely be the team’s quarterback for the rest of the season.

At the start of the 2014 season, Cassel was named the starting quarterback. Obviously, the goal when hiring him was to have him play the entire season so this comes as a big surprise to the Vikings’ team. After being brought on as starting quarterback, coach Mike Zimmer said the plan to move Bridgewater along was slowly fading but now, the rookie is getting his big start.

In last Sunday’s game, Cassel’s foot was injured during a scramble for a field goal drive in the early part of the second quarter. He had to be carted to the locker room where trainer Eric Sugarman examined the foot and stated he thought it was fractured. After having x-rays done, Sugarman’s prediction was confirmed.

Bridgewater debut resulted in 12 of 20 passes for 150 yards being completed but also, running six times for an additional 27 yards. Even though the Vikings lost to the Saints 20-9, Bridgewater was impressive enough.

Along with Cassel, guard Brandon Fusco was placed on the injured reserve list. He too was injured in the game against the Saints, having hurt a pectoral muscle. Just three weeks after signing an extension contract with the Minnesota Vikings, Fusco will also be out the rest of the season.

Fusco’s injury is the first major injury for the offensive line. In fact, since 2012, the same five starters have held the line without any problems. With Adrian Peterson gone, the team’s running game is lagging even more and now, Fusco’s injury means losing one of the strongest blockers.

To fill the gap with both Cassel and Fusco being sidelined, tight end Chase Ford and offensive lineman Austin Wentworth are being pulled from the practice squad. In addition, the Vikings brought back quarterback McLeod Bethel-Thompson who played with the team in 2012 and a portion of 2013 as a practice squad player. Also from the practice squad, the Vikings signed tight end Ryan Otten.

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