ENGLEWOOD, Colo. — After suffering a head injury against the Bengals and spending the night at a local hospital, quarterback Teddy Bridgewater has returned home, according to Head Coach Vic Fangio.
"I just spoke to him a few minutes ago," Fangio said Monday morning. "He's been released. He's home, and he's resting comfortably. He sounded a lot better this morning than he did last night. Last night, he just sounded really tired. This morning [when] I just spoke to him, he sounded much better."
In the third quarter of the Broncos' 15-10 loss to the Bengals, Bridgewater took a hit while scrambling and lay motionless on the grass for several minutes. He was attached to a back board and carted off the field, and he was then taken to a local hospital. The Broncos announced Sunday afternoon that Bridgewater had movement in all of his extremities.
As the Broncos' medical and training staffs attended to Bridgewater, both teams took a knee on the field in support of the veteran quarterback. Fangio paced near Bridgewater on the field, and he said Monday that he was "relieved that he's doing well."
"I said a quick — [with] my Catholic background — a quick Hail Mary and Our Father for him during that time," Fangio said Monday.
Bridgewater is "highly unlikely" to return to the field for the Broncos' Week 16 game in Las Vegas, according to Fangio. Bridgewater is currently in the team's concussion protocol.
Drew Lock would start if Bridgewater is unable to play. The team will not consider having Brett Rypien start against the Raiders, Fangio said.
Fangio said he was unsure whether Bridgewater's previous concussion this season, which he suffered in Week 4 against the Ravens, will impact his status.
"I'm not exactly sure how they handle that," Fangio said. "I've been told in the past that it doesn't matter that he had one a few weeks ago, when I've talked about other players. Then sometimes, they say it's in a vacuum."
Fangio said the Broncos were not currently considering placing Bridgewater on injured reserve, which would end his season.
Denver should regain running back Mike Boone and outside linebacker Malik Reed off the Reserve/COVID-19 list soon, but Fangio said fullback/tight end Andrew Beck has an elbow injury that could cause him to miss time.