The Carolina Panthers suffered a 46-23 loss on Sunday to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, which was made even worse by a knee injury suffered by quarterback Teddy Bridgewater. The Panthers QB hobbled off the field and exited the game early, which is never a great sign for any player.
However, Bridgewater's MCL sprain appears to be minor, which is great news for the Panthers.
The fact that Bridgewater is still able to practice, even on a limited basis, is encouraging for his chances to play in Week 11 against the Detroit Lions, who have their own banged-up quarterback in Matthew Stafford.
Bridgewater managed to complete 18 of 24 attempts for 136 yards, 2 TDs and 1 INT against the New Orleans Saints' hounding defense before exiting. For the season, the QB is averaging 23.8 completions and 255.2 yards per game. He ranks seventh in passing yards this year (2,552).
If Bridgewater is unable to go, Carolina will likely turn to XFL star P.J. Walker against the Lions. Whoever gets the start will face a Detroit defense that is vulnerable against passing attacks, giving up 258.4 yards through the air this season.
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