Teddy Bridgewater

Miami Dolphins
Quarterback #5
Miami Dolphins
Quarterback #5

Teddy Bridgewater News

Listed as questionable for Sunday

Bridgewater (finger/knee) is listed as questionable for Sunday's playoff game against the Bills after practicing in a limited fashion this week, David Furones of the South Florida Sun Sentinel reports.

Analysis: Marcel Louis-Jacques of ESPN relays via coach Mike McDaniel that Bridgewater has been working to make himself available to handle a backup role in Sunday's 1:00 ET contest. In any case, with Tua Tagovailoa (concussion) still out, Skylar Thompson will will draw the start at QB for the Dolphins in the team's postseason opener versus Buffalo, with Bridgewater still working his way back from a dislocated pinkie on his throwing hand.

Jan 13, 2023 12:37 PM EST

Optimism he can back up Sunday

The Dolphins are optimistic that Bridgewater (finger/knee) will be available in a backup role for Sunday's playoff game in Buffalo, Barry Jackson of the Miami Herald reports.

Analysis: Skylar Thompson has been named the starter and Tua Tagovailoa (concussion) has been ruled out, but Bridgewater's status is still up in the air. Bridgewater has had trouble gripping the ball and throwing with power since dislocating the pinkie in his throwing hand in Week 17 against the Patriots. A final decision on his availability may not be made until close to Sunday's 1:00 p.m. EST kickoff against the Bills.

Jan 13, 2023 9:27 AM EST

Remains limited at practice

Bridgewater (finger/knee) remained limited at practice Thursday.

Analysis: While Tua Tagovailoa (concussion) has been ruled out for Sunday's wild-card round game against the Bills, Marcel Louis-Jacques of ESPN relayed Wednesday via coach Mike McDaniel that the Dolphins were preparing for Skylar Thompson to draw the start at QB for the team this weekend, with Bridgewater still working his way back from a dislocated pinkie on his throwing hand. Look for added details regarding Bridgewater's status to arrive Friday, but chances are he'll end up being officially listed as questionable by Miami.

Jan 12, 2023 2:09 PM EST

Logs limited practice Wednesday

Bridgewater (knee/right finger) was limited at practice Wednesday, Daniel Oyefusi of the Miami Herald reports.

Analysis: Bridgewater was limited at practice last week before suiting up for Sunday's win over Jets in a backup capacity behind Week 18 starter Skylar Thompson. Per Marcel Louis-Jacques of ESPN, coach Mike McDaniel indicated Wednesday that at this stage the Dolphins are preparing for Thompson (who practiced fully Wednesday) to draw another start in this weekend's playoff opener against the Bills, with Bridgewater still working his way back from a dislocated pinkie finger on his throwing hand as well as a knee issue, and Tua Tagovailoa (concussion) already ruled out.

Jan 11, 2023 1:24 PM EST

Working to be available vs. Bills

Coach Mike McDaniel said Wednesday that Bridgewater (finger/knee) is uncertain for Sunday's wild card playoff round against the Bills and that Tua Tagovailoa (concussion) is ruled out, David Furones of the South Florida Sun Sentinel reports.

Analysis: Bridgewater was able to suit up for Week 18's win over the Jets, but due to his health, he was limited to a backup role behind Skylar Thompson (undisclosed). With Tagovailoa out and Thompson having looked limited against New York, the Dolphins would doubtlessly prefer to turn to the experienced veteran, but it remains to be seen whether Bridgewater's health will permit him to start without issue Sunday. McDaniel said as of Wednesday the team is preparing as though Thompson will start Sunday, so it will be worth monitoring whether Bridgewater is able to begin the week as a full participant in practice.

Jan 11, 2023 8:58 AM EST

Return to full practice TBD

Coach Mike McDaniel noted Monday that he's not sure if Bridgewater (knee/finger) is ready to practice in full at this stage, David Furones of the South Florida Sun Sentinel reports.

Analysis: That said, per Marcel Louis-Jacques of ESPN.com, McDaniel did suggest Monday that he believes Bridgewater may have been in a position to have entered this past Sunday's game against the Jets if Week 18 starter Skylar Thompson had been forced to exit the contest. Considering that, Bridgewater appears to be trending in the right direction as this weekend's playoff opener against the Bills approaches, while that status of Tua Tagovailoa (concussion) -- who has not yet been cleared for football activity -- remains unclear.

Jan 9, 2023 2:58 PM EST

Active, but won't start

Bridgewater (finger/knee) is active for Sunday's game against the Jets.

Analysis: While starting in place of Tua Tagovailoa (concussion) in last week's loss to the Patriots, Bridgewater exited early with a dislocated right pinky finger. Because of that injury along with a lingering knee issue, Bridgewater never managed anything more than limited participation in practices Wednesday through Friday, prompting head coach Mike McDaniel to name third-string quarterback Skylar Thompson the Week 18 starter with Tagovailoa still sidelined. McDaniel noted, however, that Bridgewater progressed from the dislocated finger faster than anticipated, so he'll at least get the opportunity to dress and could even play if Thompson struggles or exits early with an injury more serious than Bridgewater's. The Dolphins also brought up another quarterback (Mike Glennon) from the practice squad and are making him active Sunday, so it's unclear if Glennon or Bridgewater will represent Thompson's direct backup.

Jan 8, 2023 8:55 AM EST

Questionable, could be No. 2 QB

The Dolphins list Bridgewater (finger/knee) as questionable for Sunday's game against the Jets, David Furones of the South Florida Sun Sentinel reports.

Analysis: Though Bridgewater appears on the Dolphins' Week 18 injury report with two health concerns, it's his dislocated right pinky finger that will be preventing him from picking up a second straight start this weekend, even though Tua Tagovailoa (concussion) remains sidelined. Because Bridgewater was unable to advance beyond limited participation in practice this week, head coach Mike McDaniel announced Friday that third-string quarterback Skylar Thompson will direct the offense Sunday with a playoff spot on the line. According to Marcel Louis-Jacques of ESPN.com, McDaniel said Bridgewater may still be active as Thompson's backup after making "unbelievable" progress throughout the week, but the veteran signal-caller's status won't be confirmed one way or the other until Miami releases its inactive list 90 minutes before Sunday's 1 p.m. ET kickoff.

Jan 6, 2023 2:04 PM EST

Will be backup if active

Bridgewater (finger) has a shot to be active Sunday against the Jets, but it would be in a backup role, Marcel Louis-Jacques of ESPN reports.

Analysis: Coach Mike McDaniel announced that Skylar Thompson will start, and Tua Tagovailoa (concussion) has been ruled out, but Bridgewater's status remains murky. Bridgewater has reportedly made substantial progress in his recovery, but he clearly isn't 100 percent healthy, as a healthy Bridgewater would almost certainly have gotten the starting nod over Thompson for this must-win game.

Jan 6, 2023 9:16 AM EST

Remains limited in practice

Bridgewater (finger/knee) was a limited participant in Thursday's practice, David Furones of the South Florida Sun Sentinel reports.

Analysis: Though Bridgewater's limited listing doesn't represent any change from Wednesday, observers during the media-access portion of Thursday's session suggested the quarterback was able to do more than he did a day ago. Most notably, Joe Schad of The Palm Beach Post relays that Bridgewater was throwing the football significantly farther than he did Wednesday, indicating that the veteran signal-caller is still in play for the starting assignment Sunday against the Jets with head coach Mike McDaniel having all but ruled Tua Tagovailoa (concussion) from returning to the lineup Week 18. The Dolphins will likely wait until after Friday's practice to decide whether Bridgwater or rookie Skylar Thompson will get the starting nod this weekend.

Jan 5, 2023 1:25 PM EST

Listed as limited

Bridgewater (finger) was a limited practice participant Wednesday, Daniel Oyefusi of the Miami Herald reports.

Analysis: While he technically did enough to be listed as limited, Bridgewater's dislocated finger reportedly prevented him from throwing, which meant Skylar Thompson led the first-team offense in practice. With Tua Tagovailoa (concussion) considered unlikely to play, Bridgewater could end up starting Sunday's must-win game against the Jets if his injured hand improves by the end of the week.

Jan 4, 2023 1:24 PM EST

Sstatus hinges on gripping ability

Bridgewater, who was diagnosed with a dislocated right pinky finger after exiting last week's 23-21 loss to the Patriots, hasn't been ruled out from starting Sunday's regular-season finale with the Jets, though his playing status will depend on whether he can grip the ball well enough to comfortably and accurately throw the football, Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reports.

Analysis: The Dolphins are proceeding with Bridgewater and Skylar Thompson as the team's options at quarterback this week with a playoff spot at stake, as head coach Mike McDaniel has already dismissed the possibility of Tua Tagovailoa (concussion) starting Sunday even if the signal-caller clears the five-step protocol before the weekend. When healthy, Bridgewater has worked ahead of Thompson, but before being handed another starting nod, Bridgewater will need to prove during practices Wednesday through Friday that his finger injury isn't an issue. If Bridgewater fails to make enough progress as the week rolls along and isn't fit to start or dress as Thompson's backup, the Dolphins will likely elevate recent practice-squad signee Mike Glennon to step in as the understudy to Thompson.

Jan 4, 2023 8:11 AM EST

Diagnosed with dislocated pinky

Head coach Mike McDaniel said Monday that Bridgewater has a dislocated pinky, Cameron Wolfe of NFL Network reports.

Analysis: McDaniel added that there'll be more clarity on the quarterback's status Wednesday, but the coach did say he was preparing as if Bridgewater and Skylar Thompson would be his top options heading into the regular season finale, suggesting Tua Tagovailoa (concussion) will be sidelined for a second straight game. Fantasy mangers will likely have to monitor Bridgewater's status closely during Week 18 prep, but a decision on who'll start against the Jets may not come until Sunday.

Jan 2, 2023 2:00 PM EST

Broken finger likely

Bridgewater likely sustained a broken finger on his right hand during Sunday's loss at Miami, Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reports.

Analysis: With Tua Tagovailoa out indefinitely due to a concussion, Bridgewater got the start at quarterback for the Dolphins on Sunday, completing 12 of 19 passes for 161 yards, one touchdown and one interception while gaining six yards on his only carry before his exit in the second half. It's unclear if Bridgewater will be able to play through the injury, but Skylar Thompson is on hand in the event the former joins Tagovailoa on the sideline.

Jan 1, 2023 5:35 PM EST

Hurts finger Sunday

Bridgewater was forced out of Sunday's game against the Patriots with a right finger injury.

Analysis: Before exiting the contest, Bridgewater completed 12 of 19 pass attempts for 161 yards with a TD and a pick. In his absence, Skylar Thompson is in at quarterback for the Dolphins, with Tua Tagovailoa (concussion) inactive Sunday.

Jan 1, 2023 12:28 PM EST

Set to start versus Patriots

With Tua Tagovailoa (concussion) out Sunday against the Patriots, Bridgewater will draw the start at QB for the Dolphins in Week 17, Marcel Louis-Jacques ESPN reports.

Analysis: The report indicates that Tagovailoa continues to progress through concussion protocol, but he'll be out this week, at a minimum, with coach Mike McDaniel noting that Tagovailoa will continue to be evaluated on a "day-to-day basis." This Sunday, Bridgewater will be facing a New England defense that is allowing an average of 213.1 passing yards per game to date, but working in his favor from a fantasy perspective is that he'll have a pair of explosive wideouts (Tyreek Hill and Jaylen Waddle) to throw to, while the Patriots are dealing with some injury issues in their secondary.

Dec 30, 2022 10:26 AM EST

In line to start Sunday

With Tua Tagovailoa having been diagnosed with a concussion, coach Mike McDaniel noted Wednesday that the Dolphins are planning to start Bridgewater in Sunday's game against Patriots, Marcel Louis-Jacques of ESPN reports.

Analysis: Tagovailoa was also in the NFL's concussion protocol after the Dolphins' Week 4 contest against the Bengals and went on to miss two games before returning to action in Week 7. In that context, the team will proceed cautiously with Tagovailoa and will prepare Bridgewater -- who last saw game action in Week 6 -- to start at QB versus New England this weekend.

Dec 28, 2022 8:57 AM EST

Potential Week 17 starter

With Tua Tagovailoa in the NFL's concussion protocol, per David Furones of the South Florida Sun Sentinel, look for Bridgewater to get the majority of the Dolphins' first-team QB snaps at practice Wednesday.

Analysis: Meanwhile, coach Mike McDaniel noted Monday that it's too soon to name the Dolphins' starting QB for this weekend's game against the Patriots, but at this stage it looks like Bridgewater could draw the assignment. The veteran signal-caller had been dealing with a knee injury, but Bridgewater was in uniform this past Sunday as Tagovailoa's backup.

Dec 26, 2022 2:31 PM EST

Full participant Wednesday

Bridgewater (knee) was a full participant during Wednesday's practice, Daniel Oyefusi of the Miami Herald reports.

Analysis: Bridgewater hasn't been active for a game since suffering a knee injury during Miami's Week 6 loss to Minnesota, when he was filling in for an injured Tua Tagovailoa. However, Bridgewater appears to have moved past the issue and should reclaim his top backup spot for Miami's Christmas Day matchup against Green Bay. If Bridgewater is indeed available, Skylar Thompson figures to be demoted to third string and will likely be deemed inactive for Week 16.

Dec 21, 2022 1:41 PM EST

Won't suit up Saturday

Bridgewater (knee) is inactive for Saturday's matchup against the Bills.

Analysis: Bridgewater hasn't suited up since suffering a knee injury during Miami's Week 6 loss to Minnesota. In his absence, Skylar Thompson will presumably continue operating as the primary backup behind Tua Tagovailoa.

Dec 17, 2022 3:56 PM EST

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