Broncos QB Bridgewater in hospital with head injury – 95.5 WSB

Broncos quarterback Teddy Bridgewater was rushed to hospital with a head injury after being taken off the field in the third quarter of Denver’s 15-10 loss to the Cincinnati Bengals on Sunday.

Bridgewater was injured in a frightening collision that also sacked Bengals linebacker Joe Bachie from the game with a leg injury.

Bridgewater had movement in his extremities and coach Vic Fangio said he would be held overnight for observation but was expected to be okay.

Denver was trailing 9-3 with 5:34 left in the third quarter when Bridgewater rushed to his right in the second and 5 from his 30-yard line. Bachie walked over and crouched down as he was about to make contact.

They collided and Bridgewater flew off, landing a yard past the first goal, but fell to his face just as he was hit again by defensive tackle BJ Hill.

Bridgewater lay still as Bachie rolled onto his back on his own several yards away. Concerned players from both teams gathered on the pitch.

As Bachie was helped with a leg injury and ruled out, the cart exited to take Bridgewater off the field.

Defending champion Tampa Bay lost several key players in a 9-0 loss to the New Orleans Saints on Sunday night.

The roster included wide receivers Chris Godwin and Mike Evans, and running back Leonard Fournette.

Godwin (knee) and Evans (hamstrings) started in the second quarter. Fournette (hamstrings) came out in third.

Buccaneers linebacker Lavonte David also left after injuring his foot.

“It hurts more to lose all the players we have lost,” said coach Bruce Arians. “We have lost about seven starters in this game.”

Carolina kicker Zane Gonzalez had to be assisted off the field after injuring his quadriceps during warm-ups, leaving the Panthers without a kicker on Sunday in a 31-14 loss to the Buffalo Bills.

Gonzalez was injured about an hour before kick-off, and the Panthers basically held down trials moments later to see if anyone was able to replace him. Receiver Brandon Zylstra, running back Reggie Bonnafon and linebacker Frankie Luvu practiced the field goal attempts. Zylstra took over for the kickoffs, but neither did a place kick.

The Panthers missed a field goal and failed to convert the fourth and -9 of Buffalo’s 24 to end their second possession. They went for 2 after their two touchdowns and converted once.

New York Jets safety Elijah Riley was taken off the field on a backboard after being injured in the third quarter in a 31-24 loss to the Miami Dolphins. Riley injured his neck in a collision with teammate Kyle Phillips.

Riley’s head was stabilized before he was taken off the field on a cart. He appeared to raise his right arm skyward as the Jets and Dolphins players approached him to offer him a kind word.

New York Giants wide receiver Sterling Shepard ended the season after tearing his left Achilles tendon at the end of a 21-6 loss to the Dallas Cowboys.

Jacksonville Jaguars safety back Rayshawn Jenkins broke his right ankle while attempting to make a tackle on the return of Tremon Smith’s 98-yard kickoff for a touchdown in a 30- loss. 16 against the Tennessee Titans. Jenkins was placed in a cast and hauled off the field in the first quarter. His season is probably over.

San Francisco 49ers defensive end Nick Bosa briefly left with a head injury but was allowed to return. He had a strip-sack on the opening drive of the second half in a 31-13 victory over the Atlanta Falcons.

Other injured players on Sunday included Jets defensive lineman Quinnen Williams (shoulder); Jaguars Cam Robinson left tackle (neck); Titans wide receiver Julio Jones (hamstrings), Steelers tight end Pat Freiermuth (concussion protocol); Cardinals defensive end Jordan Phillips (knee) and wide receiver Rondale Moore (ankle); Lions linebackers Alex Anzalone (shoulder) and Josh Woods (shoulder); and Giants running back Gary Brightwell (neck).

Falcons wide receiver Tajae Sharpe (foot) was also injured; Safety of 49ers Talanoa Hufanga (knee); Ravens cornerback Tavon Young (concussion) and tackle Tire Phillips (knee); and Broncos cornerback Ronald Darby (concussion assessment).


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