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Injury Report: HC Vic Fangio thinks QB Teddy Bridgewater will be able to play vs. Browns


ENGLEWOOD, Colo. — As quarterback Teddy Bridgewater battles a foot injury on a short week, Head Coach Vic Fangio said Tuesday he thinks Bridgewater will be able to start against the Browns on Thursday.

Bridgewater was listed as a limited participant on the Broncos' estimated injury report for the second consecutive day.

Denver held a walkthrough on Tuesday, and Bridgewater was able to participate.

"He was able to partake in the walkthrough," Fangio said. "Obviously it wasn't very strenuous, but he was able to partake."

Bridgewater said he suffered the injury on a fourth-quarter touchdown pass to tight end Noah Fant.

"[It] just got stepped on — the foot, ankle, whatever — and kind of went numb right after that," Bridgewater said. "Just guys were straining up front trying to protect so we could score a touchdown, and just a little bad luck."

Fangio said the decision regarding whether Bridgewater would play Thursday would be made by him, Bridgewater and the team's medical staff.

Before game time arrives, Bridgewater has attacked his rehab to be available for his teammates.

"Honestly, we're just hitting it aggressively in the training room right now," Bridgewater said. "I'm locked in on this game plan, the mindset of just going out there and competing and trying to win a football game."

Tight end Noah Fant was also estimated as a limited participant for the second consecutive day, while tackle Garett Bolles (knee) was estimated as a limited participant after being estimated as a non-participant on Monday. Fangio said he expected Bolles to start at left tackle against Cleveland.

Inside linebackers Baron Browning (concussion) and Alexander Johnson (chest) and outside linebackers Andre Mintze (hamstring) and Aaron Patrick (ankle) were estimated as non-participants for the second consecutive day. Fangio said Monday that Johnson would miss the rest of the season with a torn pectoral muscle.

Running back Melvin Gordon III, meanwhile, improved to a full participant after being estimated as a limited participant on Monday.

Caden Sterns was added to the injury report on Tuesday with an illness and was estimated as a non-participant.

All practice participation statuses this week are estimations, as the Broncos are not holding full-speed practices ahead of Thursday's game.

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