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BOZICH | Teddy Bridgewater's big season interrupted by cheap shot, concussion

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Teddy Bridgewater left the Vikings' game with a possible concussion Sunday. (AP Photo.) Teddy Bridgewater left the Vikings' game with a possible concussion Sunday. (AP Photo.)

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) – Quarterback is a dangerous position, especially in the National Football League. Former University of Louisville quarterback Teddy Bridgewater took his nastiest hit as a pro Sunday and left the game with a concussion. His status for next weekend is uncertain.

Bridgewater sprinted around the left end for the Minnesota Vikings during their home game against St. Louis. Bridgewater protected himself the way that quarterbacks are taught to protect themselves – by sliding. Here is the link.

Didn’t matter.

Rams cornerback Lemarcus Joyner raced toward Bridgewater and knocked the quarterback’s head against the turf with his right shoulder. Bridgewater remained on the ground until training personnel arrived and helped him. This play came one play after Bridgewater took a blow to the knee, angering Bridgewater's coaches and teammates.

Bridgewater left the game, jogging off the field. He was taken to the Vikings’ training room and multiple media reports said that Bridgewater was determined to have suffered a concussion. Twitter erupted with a string of commentaries that Joyner deserved punishment for the play. Joyner was penalized but not ejected.

Asked if he felt the Rams played dirty, Vikings' coach Mike Zimmer told the Associated Press: "Yes."

"If we were out on the street," he said, "we probably would've had a fight."

Maybe there is a history between the two players. Like Bridgewater, Joyner is from the Miami area. He played at Florida State and was selected in the second round of the NFL Draft by the Rams last season. Joyner denied that he had an issue with Bridgewater.

"If I could take it back, personally, I would take it back because I'm not a dirty player. I wouldn't want to take joy from his mom or from his team," Joyner said. "Was it intentional? Not at all."

The Vikings were leading the Rams, 18-15, with about five minutes to play when Bridgewater was hurt. They won the game in overtime, 21-18. Bridgewater completed 13 of 21 passes for 144 yards with an interception and a rushing touchdown before the injury.

He has led the Vikings to a 6-2 start this season. Minnesota is tied for first in the NFC North with Green Bay. The Vikings play at Oakland next weekend.

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