Carolina Panthers quarterback Teddy Bridgewater suffered a massive blow to the head and neck on Thursday night in a game against the Atlanta Falcons.
Bridgewater was looking to fight for a first down in the third quarter when he was tripped by Falcons linebacker Dante Fowler Jr. Bridgewater fell and was immediately struck by Charles Harris.
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The quarterback was on the field for a while before being taken off the field to be examined by the training staff. Harris was penalized for unnecessary roughness and sent off from the game. PJ Walker came in to replace Bridgewater and led the Panthers to a basket to reduce their deficit to two points.
Fowler and Harris were accused of playing dirty plays on the Bridgewater hit.
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The former Louisville star returned to the game in the fourth quarter.
Bridgewater entered the 2020 season as a starting quarterback for the first time since being with the Minnesota Vikings. Bridgewater suffered a devastating knee injury that nearly cost him his career before the start of the 2016 season. He would make another appearance for the Vikings before he and the team move on.
He would play two seasons for the New Orleans Saints behind Drew Brees. Last season, he was 5-0 in five starts when Brees was injured.
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At the start of Thursday night’s game, the Panthers were 3-4. He had 1,930 passing yards and eight touchdown passes.