Broncos QB Teddy Bridgewater taken to hospital for further assessment of head injury
Teddy Bridgewater was carried off the field on a stretcher in the second half of the Bengals-Broncos game on Sunday.
The veteran quarterback was injured after being knocked down as he dove for a first down and landed on his shoulder and head. The Broncos were quick to report Bridgewater had movement in all of his extremities and had been taken to a local hospital as a precaution for further evaluation of a head injury.
Drew Lock replaced Bridgewater with Denver trailing 9-3. The third-year quarterback completed his first four passes, including a 25-yard touchdown to Tim Patrick. It was Lock’s third appearance of the season, and his first since the Broncos’ Week 12 loss to the Chargers ended.
Bridgewater was also relieved by Lock in Week 4 after suffering a concussion from a helmet-to-helmet hit with a Ravens defenseman. The injury interrupted Bridgewater’s best career start to the season. He struggled on Sunday before going out, completing just 12 of 22 passes for 98 yards while leading only a short practice to the basket.
The former first-rounder has been a model of resilience throughout his career. Bridgewater fully recovered from a torn ACL that cost him two years of playing time, and he won starting jobs with three different franchises.