Minnesota quarterback Teddy Bridgewater was knocked out of Sunday’s game against the Rams after taking an elbow to the head from St. Louis safety Lamarcus Joyner.
As the second-year quarterback slid to the ground, Joyner came in and his elbow made contact with Bridgewater’s helmet. Bridgewater is undergoing the concussion protocol, but according to ProFootballTalk he "feels fine" after the hit. He still, though, cannot play until he is cleared by an independent neurologist.
After the game, Minnesota head coach Mike Zimmer was understandably displeased.
“I would say if we were out on the street, we probably would have had a fight,” he said. He also called the hit a “cheap shot.”
There are multiple implications of the hit that tie in Maryland, depending on how long Bridgewater is out.
Quarterback Shaun Hill, a former Terrapin, entered the game Sunday and held the fort for Minnesota as it secured a 21-18 win in overtime. He finished 2-of-6 on the day for 15 yards. If Bridgewater is unable to go next week against Oakland, he would be the next man up.
Additionally, former Maryland wide receiver Stefon Diggs had seemed to be developing good chemistry with Bridgewater since being activated for the first time in the fourth week of the season.
With Bridgewater throwing to him, he became the first wide receiver in NFL history to register at least 85 yards receiving in each of his first four career games.
On Sunday, Diggs was targeted five times and he caught three passes for 42 yards.