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Is Teddy Bridgewater playing today vs. the Raiders? Latest injury update on Broncos QB

Denver Broncos QB Teddy Bridgewater suffered what appeared to be a significant injury last week. Will he play this week vs. the Raiders?

Last week, Denver Bronco’s quarterback Teddy Bridgewater suffered what looked like a significant injury during their 15-10 loss to the Cincinnati Bengals. It was reported after the game that Bridgewater spent the night in the hospital with a head injury. With an important AFC West showdown today, is Bridgewater playing, or will he miss time in 2021 due to a concussion?

Is Teddy Bridgewater playing today vs. the Raiders?

It didn’t take too long for head coach Vic Fangio to officially announce that Bridgewater would miss the Broncos’ Week 16 game against Las Vegas. When asked, Fangio said that the organization would do “whatever’s best for his health moving forward.”

After the scary-looking injury against the Bengals, Bridgewater was stretchered off the field and brought directly to the hospital. He spent the night under observation, but Fangio said Bridgewater was back home early Monday morning.

“He’s been released. He’s home, and he’s resting comfortably,” Fangio said Monday. “He sounded a lot better this morning than he did last night. Last night, he just sounded really tired. This morning [when] I just spoke to him, he sounded much better.”

Bridgewater returned to the Broncos facility in Dove Valley on Wednesday.

What can the Broncos do without Bridgewater?

With Bridgewater in the concussion protocol, Drew Lock will get the start for the Broncos. In 2018, Lock was drafted in the second round and saw 18 starts in his first two seasons. This past offseason, he and Bridgewater battled for the starting spot in training camp.

Unfortunately, Lock’s performance in those first 18 starts was less than convincing. Nevertheless, the young QB is eager to prove that he has learned quite a bit as the backup in 2021.

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“I woke up with a big smile on my face [Wednesday] morning, being able to come out here and be the guy this week for this team,” Lock said, via Kyle Newman of the Denver Post.

“There’s a lot that I’ve learned being in that backup role and what exactly it takes to be able to come out and win a football game. I learned a lot of that from Teddy. Now it’s time to put it all together and go show that I am a better quarterback than I was.”

Lock’s struggles against the Raiders

Although Lock has had some impressive performances over the last two seasons, his last start against the Raiders was not one of them. In a 37-12 blowout loss to Vegas in Week 10 of last season, Lock was 23 of 47 with 4 interceptions, 1 touchdown, and a terrible 37.3 passer rating.

The Raiders’ defense has been less than spectacular this season. Lock says he is looking forward to proving he “can go out and win this game.” Las Vegas currently ranks outside the top 12 in passing yards allowed per game and is third-worst in the NFL in points allowed per game with 26.7.

The Broncos and Raiders are currently both 7-7 and fighting for Wild Card spots in the NFL standings. They are only one game behind the sixth and seventh seeds in the AFC. That should provide Lock with a little bit more motivation for this showdown.

No matter how good Lock looks this week, Fangio has already quelled any QB controversy that might have come with Bridgewater’s injury. “Teddy’s our quarterback, and if Teddy’s healthy, he’ll be the quarterback.”

Ryan Gosling is the Chief Written Content Officer for Pro Football Network. Follow him on Twitter @ryangoslingPFN.

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