Broncos QB Teddy Bridgewater to remain hospitalized overnight as precaution for head injury

Teddy Bridgewater was carted off the field on a stretcher in the second half of the Broncos' loss to the Bengals on Sunday.

The veteran quarterback was injured after being upended while diving for a first down and landing on his shoulder and head. The Broncos soon announced that Bridgewater has movement in all his extremities and was taken to a local hospital for further evaluation of a head injury.

Coach Vic Fangio said after the game that Bridgewater has checked out well and will remain hospitalized overnight as a precaution.

Drew Lock filled in for Bridgewater, with Denver trailing 9-3. The third-year QB completed his first four passes, including a 25-yard touchdown to Tim Patrick. But the Broncos' lead was brief, as they allowed an immediate TD drive from Cincinnati and their ensuing three offensive possessions resulted in a fumble, punt and turnover on downs.

The 15-10 defeat was Lock's third appearance of the season, and his first since closing out the Broncos' Week 12 loss to the Chargers. Bridgewater was also relieved by Lock in Week 4 after suffering a concussion following a helmet-to-helmet hit with a Ravens defender. That injury interrupted the best start to a season in Bridgewater's career. He struggled Sunday before exiting, completing just 12 of 22 passes for 98 yards while leading only a short field goal drive.

The former first-rounder has been a model of resiliency throughout his career. Bridgewater made a full recovery from a torn ACL that cost him two years of playing time, and he has won starting jobs with three different franchises.

With the loss, the Broncos (7-7) are among a cluster of AFC teams just outside the playoff field.

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