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Broncos' Teddy Bridgewater sidelined with concussion

The quarterback was on the wrong end of several heavy tackles finally resulting in his withdrawal from the field of play.

Update:
Denver Broncos' QB Teddy Bridgewater was forced to retire during Sunday's loss to the Baltimore Ravens after suffering what appeared to be a concussion.
MATTHEW STOCKMANAFP

The first round draft pick found himself on the wrong end of some big hits before leaving the field.

Teddy Bridgewater out with concussion

As if the Denver Broncos didn't already have enough to worry about, following their 23-7 loss on sunday to the Baltimore Ravens. It now seems they will have to wait for news about quarterback Teddy Bridgewater after he left the field of play with an apparent concussion.

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Bridgewater - who was the recipient of a number of heavy hits during the first half, including his final pass attempt before the break - was evaluated during halftime. He was finally replaced by Drew Lock in the initial stages of the third quarter as the Broncos trailed 17-7. At the time Bridgewater had posted 12-of-21 passes for a total of 113 yards with one interception.

The Broncos fail to protect their QB

The Broncos initially did a poor job of protecting Bridgewater. Having started two backup guards - Netane Muti and Quinn Meinerz - Bridgewater's 7 of 16 passing for 65 yards and a touchdown were the insult added to the injury that would come as the QB was continually battered. The tackle which seemed to finally take him out was courtesy of Ravens linebacker Odafe Oweh on his last pass attempt of the first half.

Bridgewater had been a cause for content as the Broncos were 3-0 coming into the game against Baltimore. His completion percentage (76.8) was the highest in the league. In fact his touchdown pass to tight end Noah Fant in the first quarter on Sunday took him to five TD passes without a turnover this season.

What happens to Teddy Bridgewater now?

As he is now on the NFL's concussion protocol, the quarterback will have to go through several steps in order to be cleared to play again.to return to practice and games. Bridgewater had won the battle with Lock for the starting position. Coach Vic Fangio eventually deciding to award him the spot after watching him dominate

in scoring during the preseason. Lock will want to do all he can to impress after last season when - as a starter - he finished last in the league in completion percentage. Additionally he was tied for most interceptions thrown.

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