Bridgewater was knocked out after he was unable to brace his head from taking full power contact on the taking part in floor Sunday in loss to Bengals.
DENVER — There isn’t a manner Teddy Bridgewater ought to play subsequent Sunday in opposition to the Las Vegas Raiders.
Not if the NFL actually cares about A) gamers’ security and B) taking each additional precaution within the therapy of head accidents.
Bridgewater didn’t simply endure a head damage as his helmet slammed to the turf following his airborne conversion of a primary down within the third quarter of the Broncos’ 15-10 loss to the Cincinnati Bengals right here Sunday at Empower Subject at Mile Excessive.
One cause why he didn’t give the customary thumbs as much as Broncos followers or family members as he was getting carted off immobilized on a backboard is, sources say, Bridgewater wasn’t totally acutely aware till someday after he left the sphere.
He was taken by ambulance to a hospital, the place he’ll keep in a single day for additional analysis. The group did report a couple of minutes after Bridgewater left the stadium that he had motion in all his extremities – a aid given the intense nature of the damage.
“Every little thing has checked out good up so far,” Broncos head coach Vic Fangio mentioned in his postgame press convention. “They’re going to maintain him in a single day for remark. However they suppose he ought to be, and will likely be, tremendous.”
Bridgewater was changed by Drew Lock, who had began 18 video games earlier to Teddy’s arrival this season. And it appears logical that given the traumatic head damage Bridgewater suffered, Lock ought to be the starter subsequent week at Las Vegas with Brett Rypien as his backup.
And Bridgewater staying again house to relaxation.
Fangio mentioned he didn’t have sufficient data on Bridgewater’s state of affairs to make a name. However what must also be thought-about is that this was the second time this season Bridgewater was knocked out of a sport due to a head damage. He suffered a concussion in sport 4 in opposition to Baltimore and didn’t play within the second half.
The league has skilled sufficient civil lawsuit defeats in courtroom to former gamers whose head accidents hang-out them lengthy after their careers are completed to ensure Bridgewater sits out at the very least one full week, if not the ultimate three video games of the season.
By dropping to the Bengals 15-10 Sunday, the Broncos now have a slim probability of creating the AFC playoffs even when they do sweep their last three video games – on the Raiders, on the Chargers, then house in opposition to the Chiefs.
On second and 5 from his personal 30 with 5:51 left within the third quarter and the Broncos trailing 9-3, Bridgewater scrambled proper and was taken out low by Bengals linebacker Joe Bachie, who suffered a knee damage on the play. Bridgewater flew ahead over Bachie and previous the 35-yard line for a primary down. As Bridgewater was falling, he was drilled from the facet by the Bengals’ hustling defensive deal with B.J. Hill. Unable to brace himself, Bridgewater’s helmet was the primary level of contact with the bottom.
He immediately went immobile. Gamers from either side gathered round because the Broncos’ medical group attended to Bridgewater, immobilized him on a backboard, and had him carted off.
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“It’s scary,” mentioned Broncos’ exterior linebacker Bradley Chubb. “You noticed it earlier within the week with (tight finish Donald) Parham of the Chargers hitting his head and simply being out chilly. And also you noticed Teddy mendacity there and you want for one of the best on the time and while you see him flip over and transfer his fingers somewhat bit you already know he’s OK. But it surely’s nonetheless traumatizing somewhat bit. It’s nonetheless unhappy to see your chief, your quarterback, go down.
“At this level soccer doesn’t matter, man. His well being is most essential. I hope he does all the pieces he can to ensure his thoughts’s proper and all the pieces with him is OK. As a result of on the finish of the day you don’t wish to have a traumatic mind damage.”
Precisely. What Chubb mentioned. Apart from, Lock threw a landing and had his group in place to attain one other till he fumbled away a goal-to-go probability.
“First off, I’m glad to listen to that Teddy’s all proper,” Lock mentioned. “I feel everybody in that locker room is glad to listen to that Teddy’s all proper and looking out ahead to the following time we get to see him.”
For Broncos followers, for Teddy’s well-being, let’s hope the following time we see him taking part in quarterback on the very least just isn’t subsequent week at Las Vegas.
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