Dec 19, 2021; Denver, Colorado, USA; Denver Broncos quarterback Teddy Bridgewater (5) looks to hand off the ball in the second quarter against the Cincinnati Bengals at Empower Field at Mile High. Mandatory Credit: Isaiah J. Downing-USA TODAY Sports

Broncos take 12 off COVID list, put Teddy Bridgewater on IR

The Denver Broncos removed a dozen players from the reserve/COVID-19 list Wednesday and placed three others on season-ending reserve, including quarterback Teddy Bridgewater.

Bridgewater (concussion), safety Kareem Jackson (back) and guard Dalton Risner (elbow) will miss Saturday’s Week 18 finale against the visiting Kansas City Chiefs (11-5).

Drew Lock will make his third straight start under center for the Broncos (7-9), who have dropped three straight and four of their last five.

The players removed from the COVID list were (in alphabetical order): DL McTelvin Agim, ILB Baron Browning, CB Bryce Callahan, OLB Bradley Chubb, OLB Jonathan Cooper, CB Mike Ford, WR Jerry Jeudy, T Bobby Massie, WR Tim Patrick, DL Mike Purcell, S Caden Sterns and OLB Stephen Weatherly.

WR Tyrie Cleveland was activated from the practice squad’s COVID list.

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Oct 17, 2021; Denver, Colorado, USA; Denver Broncos quarterback Teddy Bridgewater (5) reacts in the fourth quarter against the Las Vegas Raiders at Empower Field at Mile High. Mandatory Credit: Isaiah J. Downing-USA TODAY Sports

Broncos QB Teddy Bridgewater, OBJ set to play on ‘TNF’

Denver Broncos quarterback Teddy Bridgewater is set to play against the Cleveland Browns on Thursday night despite being banged up.

Bridgewater has been listed as questionable all week with a foot injury he sustained in last week’s game. He was seen limping at practice this week.

On the other sideline, Browns wide receivers Odell Beckham Jr. and Jarvis Landry are both active. Landry was on short-term injured reserve and hasn’t played since Week 2. Both will be essential for backup quarterback Case Keenum, getting the start in place of Baker Mayfield, out with a left shoulder injury.

Beckham injured his shoulder on a tackle last week.

Landry suffered an MCL sprain in the first quarter of a Week 2 win against the Houston Texans. The injury snapped his streak of 111 consecutive games with at least two receptions.

Browns starting right tackle Jack Conklin (knee) has been ruled out. Blake Hance gets the start at RT. With Nick Chubb ruled out and backup running back Kareem Hunt on IR, both with calf injuries, D’Ernest Johnson gets the start behind Keenum.

Bridgewater has started every game this season, completing 70.2 percent of his passes for 1,514 yards, 10 touchdowns and four interceptions.

Broncos offensive tackle Garett Bolles (knee) was listed as questionable but is active. Safety Caden Sterns (illness) was also questionable against Cleveland but is active.

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Oct 3, 2021; Denver, Colorado, USA; Denver Broncos quarterback Teddy Bridgewater (5) during the first quarter against the Baltimore Ravens at Empower Field at Mile High. Mandatory Credit: Ron Chenoy-USA TODAY Sports

Report: Broncos QB Teddy Bridgewater cleared to start vs. Steelers

Denver Broncos quarterback Teddy Bridgewater has cleared the concussion protocol and will start Sunday’s road game against the Pittsburgh Steelers, the NFL Network reported.

The team listed Bridgewater as questionable on the injury report. He was a full participant on Friday after being limited on Thursday.

Bridgewater was injured during last Sunday’s 23-7 loss to the Baltimore Ravens on a hit by pass rusher Odafe Oweh.

In his first season with the Broncos, Bridgewater is off to a strong start by completing 72.1 percent of his passes for 892 yards, five touchdowns and no interceptions.

Drew Lock completed 12 of 21 passes for 113 yards and one interception against Baltimore in relief of Bridgewater.

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Oct 3, 2021; Denver, Colorado, USA; Baltimore Ravens defensive end Justin Madubuike (92) and defensive tackle Justin Ellis (71) tackle Denver Broncos quarterback Teddy Bridgewater (5) in the first quarter at Empower Field at Mile High. Mandatory Credit: Ron Chenoy-USA TODAY Sports

Broncos QB Teddy Bridgewater (concussion) faces one more hurdle

Denver Broncos quarterback Teddy Bridgewater will likely start Sunday’s game against the Pittsburgh Steelers if he fully clears the concussion protocol on Saturday.

Broncos coach Vic Fangio told reporters on Friday that being cleared by an independent physician is the last hurdle for Bridgewater to clear.

“Right now he’s progressed nicely — he’s cleared up to this point,” Fangio said after Friday’s practice. “They’ll decide (Saturday) for the final verdict.”

The team listed Bridgewater as questionable on the injury report. He was a full participant on Friday after being limited on Thursday.

Bridgewater was injured during last Sunday’s 23-7 loss to the Baltimore Ravens. He is off to a strong start by completing 72.1 percent of his passes for 892 yards, five touchdowns and no interceptions.

Drew Lock will start if Bridgewater isn’t cleared. Lock was 12-of-21 passing for 113 yards and one interception against Baltimore.

Denver tight end Albert Okwuegbunam (hamstring) will miss the contest. Also listed as questionable are running back Melvin Gordon III (leg), receivers Diontae Spencer (chest) and Courtland Sutton (ankle) and cornerback Patrick Surtain II (chest).

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Nov 9, 2019; Minneapolis, MN, USA; Penn State Nittany Lions linebacker Micah Parsons (11) celebrates after sacking the Minnesota Golden Gophers quarterback Tanner Morgan (not pictured) in the second half at TCF Bank Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jesse Johnson-USA TODAY Sports

Broncos trade for QB: How will Denver spend its top pick now?

Penn State linebacker Micah Parsons and Northwestern offensive tackle Rashawn Slater are the favorites to be selected by the Denver Broncos with the ninth overall pick in the 2021 NFL Draft on Thursday.

Oddsmakers shifted to the Big Ten products on Wednesday following reports of a deal between the Broncos and Carolina Panthers sending quarterback Teddy Bridgewater to Denver.

The betting market doesn’t require the pick to be No. 9, meaning if the Broncos move up or down in the draft and select the player, the bet is still paid.

FanDuel and DraftKings quickly updated their odds board for the picks by specific number, bumping Ohio State’s Justin Fields from the favorite to the No. 3 player on the team odds board.

Fields and North Dakota State’s Trey Lance are now +750 to be picked by Denver, per FanDuel.

South Carolina cornerback Jaycee Horn is fifth at +850, via FanDuel and DraftKings.

The Broncos landed Bridgewater for a sixth-round pick and already have quarterback Drew Lock under contract.

But Bridgewater faltered late last season in Carolina and Lock remains unproven, leaving open the possibility Denver’s new brain trust, headed by general manager George Paton, would chase a quarterback with the team’s top pick.

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Nov 8, 2020; Kansas City, Missouri, USA; Carolina Panthers quarterback Teddy Bridgewater (5) talks with head coach Matt Rhule during the game against the Kansas City Chiefs at Arrowhead Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Denny Medley-USA TODAY Sports

Panthers QB Bridgewater expected to play Sunday

Carolina Panthers head coach Matt Rhule expects quarterback Teddy Bridgewater to play Sunday, but running back Christian McCaffrey will likely miss his third straight game with a shoulder injury.

The Panthers (4-7) play the Minnesota Vikings (4-6) on Sunday in Minneapolis. Both Bridgewater and McCaffrey practiced Wednesday but wore red no-contact jerseys.

Bridgewater sustained a sprained MCL in his right knee in the fourth quarter of the Week 10 loss to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers on Nov. 15. In Bridgewater’s place, backup P.J. Walker led the Panthers to a 20-0 victory against the Detroit Lions last Sunday in his first NFL start.

Bridgewater, 28, has passed for 2,552 yards with 13 touchdowns and seven interceptions.

McCaffrey suffered an AC joint injury in his right shoulder in Carolina’s 33-31 loss at Kansas City on Nov. 8, his first game action since Week 2.

Signed to a four-year, $64 million contract extension in the offseason, McCaffrey has rushed for 225 yards and five touchdowns and caught 17 passes for 149 yards and one score in three game in 2020. He suffered a high ankle sprain in Week 2.

In 2019, McCaffrey gained an NFL-high 2,392 yards from scrimmage and scored 19 touchdowns from scrimmage, which tied for the league lead.

Mike Davis once again is expected to serve as the primary running back for the Panthers on Sunday.

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Nov 8, 2020; Kansas City, Missouri, USA; Carolina Panthers quarterback Teddy Bridgewater (5) walks to the sidelines during the game against the Kansas City Chiefs at Arrowhead Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Denny Medley-USA TODAY Sports

Panthers QB Bridgewater out; Walker starts against Lions

Carolina Panthers quarterback Teddy Bridgewater was declared inactive Sunday with a knee injury and P.J. Walker will make his first NFL start against the Lions in Detroit.

Bridgewater was hurt in the fourth quarter of last weekend’s 46-23 loss to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. He was limited in practice all week.

Bridgewater, 28, has passed for 2,552 yards with 13 touchdowns and seven interceptions for the 3-7 Panthers this season.

Walker, 25, has completed 3 of 8 passes for 15 yards with no touchdowns or interceptions in two appearances this season. He played for Panthers coach Matt Rhule at Temple and spent time on the Indianapolis Colts’ practice squad before leading the XFL in passing yards and touchdowns with the Houston Roughnecks earlier this year.

The Panthers also will be without All-Pro running back Christian McCaffrey (shoulder).

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Nov 15, 2020; Charlotte, North Carolina, USA; Carolina Panthers quarterback Teddy Bridgewater (5) passes the ball as Tampa Bay Buccaneers linebacker Chapelle Russell (53) pressures in the first quarter at Bank of America Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Bob Donnan-USA TODAY Sports

Reports: Panthers QB Bridgewater avoids major knee injury

Carolina Panthers quarterback Teddy Bridgewater is day-to-day with a sprained right MCL, NFL Network reported Monday.

Bridgewater sustained the knee injury in the fourth quarter of Sunday’s 46-23 loss to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. He avoided major structural damage and will be limited in practice this week, per multiple reports.

He completed 18 of 24 passes for 136 yards and two touchdowns and rushed three times for 16 yards and a score against the Bucs.

This is Bridgewater’s first season as a full-time starter since he suffered a major knee injury in the 2016 preseason as a member of the Minnesota Vikings.

Bridgewater, 28, has passed for 2,552 yards with 13 touchdowns and seven interceptions for the 3-7 Panthers this season.

If Bridgewater can’t go, Carolina’s backups are P.J. Walker and Will Grier.

The team will also be without All-Pro running back Christian McCaffrey (shoulder) this week when the Panthers host the Detroit Lions.

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Nov 15, 2020; Charlotte, North Carolina, USA; Carolina Panthers quarterback Teddy Bridgewater (5) passes the ball as Tampa Bay Buccaneers linebacker Chapelle Russell (53) pressures in the first quarter at Bank of America Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Bob Donnan-USA TODAY Sports

Panthers QB Bridgewater injures knee vs. Bucs

Carolina Panthers quarterback Teddy Bridgewater departed Sunday’s loss to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers due to a right knee injury, but the severity wasn’t immediately known.

Bridgewater was hurt when he was sacked by Tampa Bay’s Jason Pierre-Paul in the fourth quarter. He limped to the sideline with 5:10 remaining and soon headed to the locker room with team trainers.

“He got up and walked off,” Carolina coach Matt Rhule said after the 46-23 setback. “When it comes to knees and stuff like that, I don’t know. I haven’t had a chance to see him. I have no idea (of the severity).”

Bridgewater didn’t meet with reporters after the game. He completed 18 of 24 passes for 136 yards, two touchdowns and one interception before exiting.

P.J. Walker finished up the contest for Carolina. He was 2-for-4 passing for 12 yards.

Bridgewater, 28, signed a three-year, $63 million deal with the Panthers in the offseason. He has passed for 2,552 yards, 13 touchdowns and seven interceptions in 10 games this season.

Bridgewater suffered a catastrophic injury to his left knee shortly before the start of the 2016 season when he was with the Minnesota Vikings. He missed the entire season and made just one appearance late in the 2017 season.

He revived his career last season with the New Orleans Saints while starting five games in place of injured Drew Brees. Overall, he passed for 1,384 yards and nine touchdowns against two interceptions in nine appearances.

The Panthers (3-7) host the Detroit Lions next week.

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Oct 29, 2020; Charlotte, North Carolina, USA;  Carolina Panthers quarterback Teddy Bridgewater (5) is tripped by Atlanta Falcons defensive end Dante Fowler Jr. (56) on a keeper during the second half at Bank of America Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jim Dedmon-USA TODAY Sports

Report: No ban expected for Falcons’ Harris

Atlanta Falcons defensive end Charles Harris is not expected to be suspended by the NFL for the hit that prompted his ejection from Thursday’s 25-17 win at Carolina, according to reports.

Panthers quarterback Teddy Bridgewater was briefly forced to the sideline late in the third quarter. Bridgewater was looking to pass when he was tripped by Falcons defensive end Dante Fowler Jr., who stuck a leg in front of a charging Bridgewater. Once the quarterback went to the ground, Harris hit him in the head and neck.

Flags were thrown and penalties were called on Fowler and Harris, and officials ejected Harris.

Bridgewater missed the remainder of the drive, which resulted in a field goal, and the start of the next drive before returning to action with 9:45 left in the fourth quarter.

Bridgewater said of the play on which he was injured, “I was stepping up in the pocket. I just knew that someone stuck their leg out from Atlanta. As I was tripped, I was just stumbling. I knew at some point guys would be swarming, so I just tried to get down, protect myself. I don’t really know who hit me. Just know that someone got ejected. I was in the (injury) tent when that happened.”

Asked if he thought it was a cheap shot, Bridgewater said, “I’ll probably go back and watch what happened. I really can’t answer that.”

Carolina running back Mike Davis said, “I thought it was a cheap shot. It was late, hit him on the neck. You hate to see that.”

Falcons interim coach Raheem Morris said of Harris’ ejection, “I know he ran up on him. I know he hit him. I’m not sure he made full contact with his head, but the officials saw it that way and so did New York. You have to deal with it. Get him off the field and you keep playing and you finish the game.”

–Field Level Media