Vikings QB Bridgewater leaves with ankle injury

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MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Vikings quarterback Teddy Bridgewater has left the game against Atlanta in the fourth quarter with an injured ankle.

Bridgewater appeared to be hurt while scrambling toward the end zone a play before Minnesota scored a touchdown to go up 35-28. He remained in the game and threw a 2-point conversion pass to Rhett Ellison before limping off.

Bridgewater rode a cart back to the locker room to get the ankle examined. In his first career start, the rookie completed 19 of 30 passes for 317 yards.

The injury thrust Christian Ponder back into action. Ponder is the only other healthy quarterback on the active roster after veteran Matt Cassel's season ended with a foot injury last week.

The Falcons lost three starting linemen in the first three quarters, forcing them to play tight end Levin Toilolo at right tackle in the fourth.

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