Teddy Bridgewater suffers knee injury in Panthers loss vs. Buccaneers

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Note: For a full analysis of Sunday’s Panthers-Buccaneers game, click here.

Panthers quarterback Teddy Bridgewater left Sunday’s 46-23 loss to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers with a knee injury and did not return.

Bridgewater was injured on a third-down sack by Jason Pierre-Paul in the fourth quarter with 5:24 remaining in the game. Guard John Miller (knee/ankle) was also injured on the play.

Head coach Matt Rhule had no update after the game on Bridgewater’s status.

“I don’t know because he got up and walked off so. But when it comes to knees and stuff like that, I never know. I don’t have a feel one way or the other because unfortunately when the game is over, I come in (from the field), he’s not in there,” Rhule said. “So, I haven’t had a chance to see him yet or anything. I have no idea.”

The quarterback was not made available for his usual post-game Zoom press conference. Trainers were looking at his right knee on the sideline. In 2016, Bridgewater suffered a devastating injury to his left knee that forced him to miss a large part of two seasons.

P.J. Walker entered the game for Bridgewater. Walker was the only other active quarterback on the Panthers’ roster.

Offensive lineman Trent Scott, who also played left tackle in the game, moved over to right guard in Miller’s absence. Dennis Daley played left tackle.

Bridgewater was 18-of-24 passing for 136 yards, with two touchdowns and an interception. He also had three carries for 16 yards and a touchdown. The quarterback was taken into the blue medical tent on the sideline and then exited the field slowly and went into the locker room prior to the end of the game.

This is not the first time Walker was been forced to come in for Bridgewater this season. The starting quarterback was also injured on a play against the Atlanta Falcons two weeks ago. He was cleared after being tested for a concussion and returned to the game despite a neck injury. Bridgewater has not missed a game this season.

“I have no idea (what happened on the injury). I was facing the opposite direction. I honestly have no idea what the injury is or anything about it,” center Matt Paradis said. “Obviously, don’t want to see that. We need to keep him clean, we need to do a better job of that.”

Walker went 2/4 for 12 yards in Bridgewater’s absence.

Tampa Bay scored on the following drive to take a 46-23 lead with 4:24 remaining.