Dolphins’ Teddy Bridgewater Injury
The Dolphins’ Teddy Bridgewater suffered a concussion on his first offensive play of the game on Thursday. Bridgewater is expected to return to practice on Thursday and likely won’t take another regular-season snap before the season ends. The Dolphins haven’t provided an official explanation of Bridgewater’s injury, but they say he’ll be cleared to return to the field on Thursday. The Jets are reportedly interested in trading for Bridgewater before he takes a regular-season snap.
Dolphins quarterback Teddy Bridgewater injured on first offensive play
Miami Dolphins quarterback Teddy Bridgewater left Sunday’s game against the New York Jets after being injured on his first offensive play. A hit to the head and elbow forced Bridgewater to exit the game. He was initially listed as questionable to return, but later downgraded to out in the concussion protocol. Instead of Bridgewater, the Dolphins turned to third-string quarterback Skylar Thompson. He went 19-of-33 for 166 yards and an interception in his NFL debut. The Dolphins lost the game 40-17.
Bridgewater, a former University of Louisville quarterback, was hit by a cornerback, Ahmad “Sauce” Gardner, on the blitz. The quarterback was just about to throw the ball when he was hit.
Diagnosed with concussion
The NFL has added a concussion protocol that requires players to be evaluated for head injury before returning to a game. It went into effect Sunday. It requires players to undergo a neurological examination within 24 hours after suffering a concussion. If a player has been diagnosed with a concussion, they are not allowed to play in any football games for five days.
Bridgewater was diagnosed with a concussion during a game last week against the New York Jets. The injury occurred on the first play of the game and he was removed from the game after being evaluated. He sustained a concussion and an elbow injury, which forced him to leave the game. He wasn’t cleared to return to the game and was replaced by third-string quarterback Skylar Thompson. The Dolphins lost the game, 40-17, to the Jets. They are currently trailing the 4-1 Bills in the division.
Will return to practice on Thursday
The Cowboys have announced that Micah Parsons will miss practice on Thursday due to a cold. He missed a few plays during Sunday’s victory over the Bengals, but the team says he’s “working his way through” the cold. Jerry Jones said Parsons’ illness is not COVID-19-related.
The Cowboys continue to use caution when dealing with injuries. Running back CeeDee Lamb suffered a hip injury during a practice last week, but he was able to play through the game against the Eagles. He’s been listed as limited at team walkthroughs this week, but he’s expected to return on Thursday. He’ll be limited to light exercise, but head coach Mike McCarthy expects him to be somewhere between limited.
Jets likely to trade him before he takes a regular season snap
The New York Jets are in a bit of a quandary with Teddy Bridgewater. The quarterback is available on a trade market, but he has yet to show that he can handle the pressure of playing in the NFL. The Jets signed Bridgewater to a one-year deal and gave him a $5 million contract earlier this year. While Bridgewater has garnered plenty of praise during training camp, the Jets also drafted Sam Darnold at the third overall pick in the 2018 NFL Draft, and Josh McCown is the backup.
Bridgewater’s health was a concern, but the Jets felt they knew the upside if he beat the injury odds. Having three quarterbacks in the room would be a plus for Darnold, especially after Darnold’s breakout training camp.