Bridgewater set for Rutgers despite injuries

Teddy Bridgewater

University of Louisville football coach Charlie Strong said quarterback Teddy Bridgewater would play on Thursday night against Rutgers. Bridgewater broke his left wrist late in the first half of Saturday's game against Connecticut.

University of Louisville sophomore quarterback Teddy Bridgewater was banged up against Connecticut on Saturday. Bridgewater left the game with a broken left wrist and a sprained left ankle.

But despite the injuries, Bridgewater rallied the Cardinals to force overtime and threw a pair of TDs in overtime before eventually falling 23-20 in three OTs.

Now, the Cardinals have the Big East Championship and a berth into a BCS bowl game at stake on Thursday night at Rutgers.

And U of L coach Charlie Strong said Bridgewater will play.

"Teddy is very tough and he's a competitor," Strong told the local media assembled on Monday afternoon. "We know we'll be able to go with him."

Strong said Bridgewater would be limited in reps during practice this week and he told media on the Big East coaches conference call that he didn't "know how close he is to being 100 percent." He said the staff would monitor him this week.

But he reiterated that "Teddy will play. He finished the Connecticut game, so it's really nothing different. He'll play."

Strong did confirm that Bridgewater wouldn't be able to take any snaps under center and noted backup Will Stein would be called on for duty if offensive coordinator Shawn Watson and the staff felt like they needed to go under center for a certain play against the Scarlet Knights.

"If you watch a lot of times when we're under center it's more for our play action so that part of the game is eliminated," Strong said. "But I believe that we can still run the ball and be effective."

On the season, Bridgewater has thrown for 3,189 yards and 26 touchdowns and helped the Cardinals to a 9-0 record before losing to Syracuse and UConn.

Strong said the Cardinals need to protect better against Rutgers.

"We just need to protect him better," Strong said. ""He's banged up a little but he was able to come back [in] the second half against Connecticut. Teddy is very tough and he's a competitor. We just have to make sure we protect him."

Strong confirmed that wide receiver Scott Radcliff suffered a slight concussion against UConn and is questionable for the Rutgers game.

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