Broncos' Teddy Bridgewater Released from Hospital After Scary Injury vs. Bengals

Adam WellsDecember 19, 2021

Denver Broncos quarterback Teddy Bridgewater (5) runs for a touchdown against the Los Angeles Chargers during the first half of an NFL football game, Sunday, Nov. 28, 2021, in Denver. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski)
AP Photo/David Zalubowski

Denver Broncos quarterback Teddy Bridgewater has been released after the hospital after being diagnosed with a concussion after exiting Sunday's 15-10 loss to the Cincinnati Bengals on a stretcher.

The Broncos confirmed Bridgewater's status, saying the quarterback is "doing well" and will enter the NFL concussion protocol.

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Bridgewater suffered the injury on a play where he dove for a first down after scrambling out of the pocket. He didn't move after hitting the turf.

Bridgewater was stretchered off and taken to the hospital for evaluation after the injury. 

Bridgewater briefly left Denver's 28-13 win over the Los Angeles Chargers on Nov. 28 with a shin injury suffered in the first quarter. He returned to the game after halftime to help the Broncos get a crucial victory in their quest to make the playoffs.

That marked the second time this season he exited a game with an injury. He suffered a concussion in the first half against the Baltimore Ravens on Oct. 3 that kept him out for the rest of the contest.

The Broncos cleared Bridgewater for their next game against the Pittsburgh Steelers, and he has yet to miss a start this season.

Denver acquired the Louisville product from the Carolina Panthers in March. He has stabilized the Broncos offense with solid play under center, and he had thrown for 2,954 yards, 18 touchdowns and while completing 67.6 percent of his passing attempts heading into Week 15.

Drew Lock filled in for Brigewater for the remainder of the game, going 6-of-12 for 88 yards, one touchdown and zero interception. He did, however, have a costly fumble deep in Cincinnati territory early in the fourth quarter.

If Bridgewater is unable to play next Sunday against the Las Vegas Raiders, Lock would likely get the start. Lock had 3,953 passing yards and 23 touchdowns in 18 starts from 2019 to 2020.