The Detroit Lions chances to repeat as reigning second place finishers in the division next year just got easier. According to a report from Jason Cole of Bleacher Report, Minnesota Vikings quarterback Teddy Bridgewater will likely not play in 2017.

Minnesota lost their young quarterback to a non-contact knee injury in August of last year. Three days later, the Vikings traded a fist-round pick to the Philadelphia Eagles for Sam Bradford, a former number one overall pick.

According to the report, Bridgewater didn't suffer any setbacks in his recovery but the recovery may will likely take two seasons until his knee is back to full strength.

The Vikings have a difficult choice in deciding whether or not to exercise the fifth-year option on Bridgewater.