NEW ORLEANS, Louis. --- Louisville quarterback Teddy Bridgewater arrived in New Orleans with his team for the start of Sugar Bowl week wearing a soft, leather cast on his left, non-throwing wrist, but there's little doubt Bridgewater will start against Florida.
According to a source with knowledge of the situation, Bridgewater did have surgery to help repair the wrist, after playing in a hard cast in the Cardinals' final regular season game against Rutgers. That game was November 29th, about five weeks before the Sugar Bowl.
Head coach Charlie Strong said Thursday in New Orleans he had no concerns as to whether Bridgewater would be ready to play.
Bridgewater said Thursday, at his first Sugar Bowl media availability, he can now take snaps under center, something he couldn't do against Rutgers, and the new, soft cast will help.
"It prevents me from extending (the wrist) too far back," said Bridgewater. Any movement or rotation of his wrist was something Bridgewater couldn't do in the hard cast he wore against Rutgers.
As for whether Bridgewater will wear the soft cast, which functions more as a brace, in the game against Florida, he said that will be up to Louisville's trainers, but would "most likely" wear it against the Gators.
The other health concern involving Bridgewater is an ankle that limited his mobility severely the last couple games of the regular season.
Bridgewater wouldn't go so far as to say his ankle is 100% but sounded confident about it.
"There's no percentage I can give you, but I feel great," Bridgewater said. "It's not much of a factor. I've been practicing and running well on it."
So, Bridgewater's body is right, and he made it clear his mind is right too. On a night many of his teammates were granted free time by Charlie Strong to explore the French Quarter, Bridgewater said he wouldn't be joining them.
"No, I don't go out. I don't go out at all."
How will Bridgewater spend his time then? Like he usually does...playing Madden and NCAA Football on his PlayStation 3 in his hotel room.
Bridgewater said he will not be using video games to simulate Louisville vs. Florida in the Sugar Bowl though.
Teddy will wait until January 2nd for that result.