Carolina Panthers’ Teddy Bridgewater leads to ejection of Charles Harris from Atlanta Falcons

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CHARLOTTE, NC – Atlanta Falcons defensive end Charles Harris was sent off in the third quarter of Thursday night’s 25-17 win over the Carolina Panthers after a vicious blow that briefly ruled the quarterback -rear Teddy Bridgewater.Bridgewater was in trouble in Game 3 and Game 7 when he tripped and lost 2 yards. Harris entered after Bridgewater fell and received a blow to the helmet.

Bridgewater went to the side tent to be checked for a possible concussion. He came out a few minutes later and started throwing on the sideline.

Bridgewater returned in the fourth quarter after eliminating the concussion protocol.

Bridgewater wouldn’t call Harris a cheap shot, but running back Mike Davis didn’t hesitate to do it.

“Yeah, I thought it was a cheap shot,” Davis said. “It was late, hit him on the neck. You hate to see it. ”

Former XFL star PJ Walker took over as quarterback for three games, and the Panthers settled for a 39-yard basket to shoot 19-17.

Bridgewater appeared disturbed that “someone put out their leg and tripped me up”, slowing his momentum. After that he just tried to protect himself to protect himself because he said, “I knew they were swarming. ”

He remained on the pitch for several minutes after the hit as coaches gathered around him.

Falcons coach Raheem Morris said he knew in this type of situation officials were going to protect the quarterback and did not challenge Harris’s expulsion.

“I know he ran at him. I know he hit him, ”Morris said of Harris’ hit. I don’t know if he made contact with his head, but obviously the officials saw him that way and made it New York, and so you have to deal with it and get him out of the field and finish the game. ”

Bridgewater never looked comfortable in the pocket overnight, let alone after returning from injury with 9:45 left in the game.

Maybe that’s because, as coach Matt Rhule said, he was “under duress” all night of the Atlanta blitz defense.

“You can’t really win when you can’t control the line of scrimmage,” Rhule said.

Information from the Associated Press was used in this report.

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