Panthers’ Mike Davis doesn’t mince words after hitting Teddy Bridgewater

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The Carolina Panthers have rallied to Teddy Bridgewater’s defense after the quarterback was injured in the third quarter – thanks to a late kick from Atlanta Falcons defensive end Charles Harris. While Harris was kicked out of the game as a result of the blow, Panthers running back Mike Davis was not done discussing how the blow knocked out his quarterback – and his team’s chances of win the game. He didn’t mince his words.

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

Bridgewater left the game with neck and shoulder pain and missed a few plays on Carolina’s next possession to relax his neck as PJ Walker entered the game at quarterback. Walker completed only one of 4 passes for 3 yards before Bridgewater returned to play and ended the contest. It was more than enough for Davis to support him.

“I can’t speak for everyone, but something like that, a lot of guys would have said, ‘I’m not coming home’,” Davis said, via the Charlotte Post. “He earned a lot of respect from me, and it makes me want to play harder for him. He’s a quarterback that I love to play every day. ”

Panthers head coach Matt Rhule did not discuss Bridgewater’s injury, but did mention he had cleared the league’s concussion protocol. Bridgewater finished the game completing 15 of 23 passes for 176 yards with one touchdown and one interception – his lowest total of passing yards of the season.

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