Coach Mike McDaniel described Bridgewater (concussion) as the Dolphins' "backup" quarterback during Monday's press conference at the NFL owners meetings, Barry Jackson of The Miami Herald reports.
Analysis: Bridgewater recently declined to discuss the role promised to him after signing with Miami, but McDaniel has now made absolutely clear that the plan moving forward is for the 29-year-old to enter Week 1 as the No. 2 option. McDaniel said the priority for Bridgewater and the coaching staff is "empowering Tua [Tagovailoa] to be the player he be can." Bridgewater, who missed the final four games of the 2021 season with a concussion, is one of the more accomplished and capable backups in the league, and he could certainly provide valuable mentorship for Tagovailoa, who is heading into a make-or-break Year 3 campaign.
Mar 29, 2022 5:36 AM EST
Bridgewater (concussion) agreed Monday with the Dolphins on a one-year contract, Adam Schefter of ESPN reports.
Analysis: Though Bridgewater won't get the chance to compete for a starting role for the Dolphins with the team having committed to Tua Tagovailoa as its top quarterback, the chance to return to his hometown of Miami was too enticing to pass up. Before he missed the final four games of the 2021 season with a concussion, Bridgewater started made 14 starts for the Broncos and completed 66.9 percent of his attempts for 3,052 yards, 18 touchdowns and seven interceptions while adding 106 yards and two scores on the ground. The 29-year-old's time as a full-time NFL starter may be over, but he'll profile as one of the more accomplished backup options in the league.
Mar 14, 2022 1:58 PM EST
Bridgewater (concussion) has been placed on IR, Aric DiLalla of the Broncos' official site reports.
Analysis: With the 7-9 Broncos eliminated from playoff contention, the move effectively ends Bridgewater's 2021 season. As a result, Drew Lock is in line to start Saturday's contest against Kansas City, provided he's able to play through a shoulder issue he picked up during Week 17 action.
Jan 5, 2022 11:45 AM EST
Bridgewater (concussion) was listed as a non-participant on Tuesday's estimated practice report, Aric DiLalla of the Broncos' official site reports.
Analysis: Though head coach Vic Fangio hasn't officially ruled Bridgewater out for Saturday's season finale against the Chiefs, the coach acknowledged that Drew Lock is in line to remain the team's starting quarterback Week 18. Unless Bridgewater takes a dramatic step forward over the next two days in his recovery from the concussion he suffered in the Broncos' Dec. 19 loss to the Bengals, he'll likely be listed as out in advance of the weekend. Bridgewater hasn't practiced in any capacity since sustaining the head injury, a sign he remains in one of the early stages of the NFL's five-step concussion protocol.
Jan 4, 2022 12:55 PM EST
Coach Vic Fangio said Monday that Bridgewater remains in the concussion protocol, Zac Stevens of TheDNVR.com reports.
Analysis: Bridgewater has missed each of the last two games after sustaining a concussion in Week 15, and Drew Lock (shoulder) has served as the Broncos' starter since then. It's not yet clear whether Bridgewater will be cleared to return in time for Saturday's regular-season finale against Kansas City, but Lock will likely start once again if the 2014 first-rounder remains out.
Jan 3, 2022 10:21 AM EST
Bridgewater (concussion) has been ruled out for Sunday's game against the Chargers.
Analysis: Bridgewater was unable to practice this past week, and now that he's been officially ruled out Drew Lock is slated to draw the Week 17 start at QB for the Broncos versus Los Angeles.
Dec 31, 2021 2:21 PM EST
Bridgewater (concussion) isn't practicing Wednesday and isn't expected to be ready for Sunday's game against the Chargers, Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reports.
Analysis: With Bridgewater absent from practice, as expected, Drew Lock continues to guide the first-string offense. The Broncos also made Lock available to the media Wednesday, a sign he's viewed as the likely starting QB for Week 17. The 25-year-old completed 15 of 22 passes for 153 yards in Sunday's 17-13 loss to Las Vegas, with no touchdowns or turnovers in a game where the Broncos took only 42 snaps on offense.
Dec 29, 2021 12:22 PM EST
Bridgewater remains in the concussion protocol as of Monday, Ben Swanson of the Broncos' official site reports. "We really don't have an update as far as whether he'd be available or not this week," coach Vic Fangio said.
Analysis: Bridgewater picked up the concussion during a Week 15 loss to the Bengals when his face mask took the brunt of a fall into the ground while getting tackled. He was ruled out well ahead of this past Sunday's defeat at Las Vegas, and now it appears he may be in danger of missing another contest. As Fangio noted, Bridgewater's return is subject to an examination with an independent neurologist, but first he'll need to mix into drills before the end of the week. If Bridgewater ends up sitting Sunday at the Chargers, he'll hand over quarterback duties to Drew Lock for another spot start.
Dec 28, 2021 11:48 AM EST
Bridgewater (concussion) won't play in Sunday's game against the Raiders but hasn't been ruled out beyond that, Troy Renck of Denver 7 News reports.
Analysis: With Bridgewater ruled out, Drew Lock will make his fourth appearance and first start of the season, hoping to improve upon some ugly numbers in limited action (22 of 40 for 227 yards with one TD and two INTs). Broncos coach Vic Fangio confirmed that Bridgewater will still be the starter once he's healthy, though it isn't clear when that'll happen after a hard hit in Sunday's loss to Cincinnati sent the QB to concussion protocol.
Dec 22, 2021 10:51 AM EST
Coach Vic Fangio said Monday that Bridgewater (concussion) is "highly unlikely" to play Sunday against the Raiders, George Stoia III of The Denver Gazette reports.
Analysis: Although Fangio said that Bridgewater is doing "much better" Monday after he was carted off the field in Sunday's loss to the Bengals, it appears as though the quarterback will be forced to miss at least one game after landing in the concussion protocol. Assuming Bridgewater is held out against Las Vegas, Drew Lock is in line to start under center.
Dec 20, 2021 10:31 AM EST
Bridgewater, who was released from the hospital Monday, will be placed in the league's concussion protocol.
Analysis: The Broncos' statement reads that Bridgewater is "doing well" one day after having been transported away from Sunday's loss to the Bengals in an ambulance. Bridgewater will now enter the league's five-step concussion protocol, which he will need to fully clear before retaking the field. Denver will doubtless take a cautious approach to Bridgewater's recovery, which could set the stage for Drew Lock to line up under center Week 16 in Las Vegas.
Dec 20, 2021 8:31 AM EST
Bridgewater (head) is expected to be released from the hospital Monday, Troy Renck of Denver 7 News reports.
Analysis: Bridgewater was taken to the hospital via ambulance after he sustained a head injury in Sunday's loss to the Bengals, but he's now regained consciousness and has movement in all his extremities. He was kept overnight at the hospital as a precautionary measure but will be able to head home Monday. His status for Sunday's Week 16 matchup against the Raiders isn't yet clear, but Drew Lock will likely draw the start if Bridgewater is unavailable.
Dec 20, 2021 7:47 AM EST
Coach Vic Fangio said after Sunday's loss to the Broncos that everything has "checked out good" for Bridgewater (head) at the hospital, and Fangio believes the quarterback will be fine, Aric DiLalla of the Broncos' official site reports.
Analysis: Bridgewater will stay at the hospital overnight for observation, but it sounds like he avoided a major injury, which is great news after he was carted off with a head injury against the Bengals. Drew Lock threw a touchdown pass after replacing Bridgewater but failed to complete the comeback in the 15-10 loss. It's too early to say which quarterback will start against the Raiders in Week 16.
Dec 19, 2021 4:37 PM EST
Bridgewater (head) was taken to a Denver area hospital after he was carted off the field during the third quarter of Sunday's game versus the Bengals, Patrick Smyth of the Broncos' official site reports.
Analysis: The decision is a precautionary measure after Bridgewater sustained a head injury at the end of a scrambled that left him prone on the turf. Fortunately for the quarterback, he has movement in all his extremities. With Bridgewater out, Denver turned to Drew Lock to direct the offense.
Dec 19, 2021 3:28 PM EST
Bridgewater (undisclosed) was carted off the field during the third quarter of Sunday's game against the Bengals, George Stoia III of The Denver Gazette reports.
Analysis: At the end of a scramble, Bridgewater tumbled face mask first into the turf and didn't move for some time. The Broncos' medical staff carefully moved him onto his back, onto a backboard and eventually onto the cart immobilized. The nature and extent of the injury aren't yet known, but Drew Lock will take over for Bridgewater under center.
Dec 19, 2021 3:16 PM EST
Bridgewater completed 18 of 25 passes for 179 yards and two touchdowns in Sunday's 38-10 win over the Lions.
Analysis: The Broncos had little trouble with the flu and COVID-ravaged visitors, which left Bridgewater without much to do while the backfield duo of Melvin Gordon and Javonte Williams accounted for most of the team's scoring. The QB did salvage decent fantasy value in the second half, however, hitting Williams for a 10-yard score in the third quarter and Albert Okwuegbunam for a four-yard TD in the fourth. It's the first time Bridgewater has tossed multiple touchdowns since Week 7, giving him a bit of momentum heading into a Week 15 tilt against the Bengals.
Dec 12, 2021 6:59 PM EST
Bridgewater completed 22 of 40 pass attempts for 257 yards, a touchdown and two interceptions while adding 17 yards on four carries in Sunday's 22-9 loss to Kansas City.
Analysis: Bridgewater was the latest to fall victim to the now defense-led Chiefs. The veteran signal-caller was able to finally top 250 passing yards for the first time since Week 6, averaging just 210.6 yards with six touchdowns and three picks over that six-game span. Bridgewater will look to take advantage of a matchup against Detroit in Week 14, who currently surrenders 21.7 fantasy points per game to opposing quarterbacks.
Dec 5, 2021 10:02 PM EST
Coach Vic Fangio said Bridgewater (shin) won't be listed on the Broncos' injury report Wednesday, Aric DiLalla of the Broncos' official site reports.
Analysis: Bridgewater made a brief exit during Denver's Week 12 win against the Chargers due to a shin injury. He clarified what happened Wednesday, telling Zac Stevens of TheDNVR.com that he landed on the back of tackle Cameron Fleming's cleat. Overall, Bridgwater fared modestly, per usual, completing 11 of 18 passes for 129 yards and one touchdown while scoring his second rushing TD of the campaign. Considering he'll avoid an injury designation entirely this week, he's good to go for Sunday's visit to Kansas City.
Dec 1, 2021 11:07 AM EST
Coach Vic Fangio said Monday that Bridgewater (shin) is feeling better, Zac Stevens of TheDNVR.com reports.
Analysis: Bridgewater briefly exited Sunday's win over the Chargers but was able to play through a shin injury during the second half. While his workload will likely be monitored ahead of Sunday's Week 13 matchup against Kansas City, Fangio said that he isn't too concerned about the quarterback's status going forward.
Nov 29, 2021 10:23 AM EST
Coach Vic Fangio noted that Bridgewater played through a shin injury during the second half of Sunday's 28-13 win against the Chargers, Ryan O'Halloran of The Denver Post reports. "He toughed it out," Fangio said. "He was nowhere near 100 percent."
Analysis: It was an up-and-down performance from Bridgewater, who was forced from the contest on the Broncos' third possession. He yielded QB duties to Drew Lock for the rest of the first half, but Bridgewater was able to return after halftime and eventually finished 11-for-18 passing for 129 yards and one touchdown to go with two carries for 10 yards and another score. Bridgewater likely has maintenance in store for him during Week 13 prep, as his status will be monitored closely leading up to next Sunday's road matchup with the Chiefs.
Nov 28, 2021 4:52 PM EST
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