World News – US – Mike Davis: Hit on Teddy Bridgewater was a ‘cheap hit’


CHARLOTTE – The Panthers fell to the Falcons on Thursday night, but it looked like they were losing a lot more for a few moments in the third quarter

Quarterback Teddy Bridgewater fell after sustaining a nasty and illegal blow that resulted in a neck injury While jogging off the field on his own, Bridgewater was also assessed for concussion but deleted the protocol Although he missed six games out of two possessions, Bridgewater stepped in to finish him

Facing a third and a 7 from Atlanta’s 37-yard line, Bridgewater began to climb into the pocket when defensive end Dante Fowler stepped out to trip the Carolina quarterback Then, as Bridgewater fell to the grass, he was hit in the helmet by defensive end Charles Harris, who was leading with his right shoulder The move resulted in an unnecessary roughness penalty and fired Harris from the game

« I was just tripping, and I knew that at one point the guys were swarming So I just tried to get down, to protect myself, » said Bridgewater « I don’t really know who hit me I just know someone got kicked out « 

The Panthers offensive line quickly came to the Bridgewater defense, joining the Atlanta defenders as Bridgewater remained on the ground

“It’s a brotherhood here Everyone supports each other,” said Samuel “No one on our O-line will allow anyone to take a chance on our quarterback He’s our quarterback We have to protect « 

« You never want to see this happen to your quarterback, so you always have to defend him »

Bridgewater didn’t want to go so far as to characterize Harris’ strike as a cheap hit, saying he would come back and watch the play But Davis had no such reservations

« Yeah I think that was a cheap shot » said Davis « It was late they hit him on the neck It’s just something you hate to see It’s useless »

Backup quarterback PJ Walker was 1 of 4 passing for 3 yards in Bridgewater’s absence, but kept the team in position to throw a basket after Bridgewater initially came out

When he returned to play early in the fourth quarter, Bridgewater finished 5 of 8 for 64 yards He also had the chance to write an ending storybook

Down 8 points, the Panthers recovered the ball at their 5-yard line with 2:58 left to make Bridgewater finally connected with wide receiver DJ Moore on a 42-yard pass in third and 18 of Carolina 24, keeping the match close at hand

But three games later, Bridgewater’s third and sixth pitch to Moore was intercepted by cornerback Blidi Wreh-Wilson With just 57 seconds remaining, turnover ended the offer of back

Bridgewater’s leadership has never been questioned, with players claiming throughout the season how much they respect and admire the QB Yet, Bridgewater’s return to the game has earned even more respect for Davis

« I can’t speak for everyone, but something like that, a lot of guys would say, ‘Yeah, I’m not going home’, » Davis said « It just makes me wanna go out and play harder for him So that’s how I took it

« When you see a guy, whatever happens, he wants to go play, and he’s going to play, I feel like it sends a message to his teammates what kind of person he is »

Overall, no one on the Carolina offense had an exemplary performance, including Bridgewater He finished the night 15 of 23 for 176 yards with a touchdown and an interception

Bridgewater was sacked three times and hit a total of six as the Panthers clocked a 3-of-13 combined in the third and fourth downs and scored just 3 points in the second half against a team that led the league in the second half authorized points

But Bridgewater was there with his team-mates to finish the game and that tenacity he displayed could be invaluable for the Panthers in the second half of the season

Read what head coach Matt Rhule and some players said after Carolina lost to New Orleans

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World News – United States – Mike Davis: Hit on Teddy Bridgewater was a ‘cheap shot’



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