Broncos quarterback Teddy Bridgewater remains in the NFL’s concussion protocol after leaving Sunday’s 23-7 loss to the Baltimore Ravens just before halftime.
Asked what Bridgewater’s week of preparation will look like, coach Vic Fangio said today: “He’s in the protocol so the medical people will be in charge of that.”
Bridgewater was injured when he was hit by Ravens outside linebacker Odafe Oweh. Fangio believed a penalty should have been called.
Drew Lock was 12 of 21 for 113 yards and one interception in the second half.
“I just think he was like the rest of our offense,” Fangio said. “We weren’t good enough offensively the entire game. It can be tough (to go in at halftime), obviously, when you’re thrown in there cold, but he has to be able to do that.”
Bridgewater must perform a five-step process to return to practice and play, according to the NFL. Once Bridgewater is cleared by the Broncos’ doctors, he must also be cleared by an independent neurological consultant who is approved by the league and NFLPA and is not affiliated with any club. Until that happens, he can’t practice or play.
The five steps:
1. The player is allowed limited stretching and balance training then progressing to light exercise.
2. Under oversight by the Broncos’ training staff, Bridgewater can begin cardiovascular work and cognitive and balance testing after the workouts.
3. Bridgewater increases his cardio work and starts supervised strength training. He can be allowed to practice with the team for 30 or fewer minutes.
4. If steps 1-3 are achieved, Bridgewater can begin quarterback-specific activities.
5. Once cleared by the Broncos’ doctor for full football activity (games), Bridgewater must be cleared by the independent physician.
This story will be updated.
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