Charlie Strong says Louisville quarterback Teddy Bridgewater will play

By Matt Sugam

On Monday, Louisville head coach Charlie Strong made it clear his starting quarterback – who suffered a fractured left wrist (non-throwing hand) and a sprained ankle on Saturday – would play Thursday night at Rutgers.

“Yes, Teddy [Bridgewater] will play,” Strong said on the Big East conference call.

However, Strong doesn’t know how healthy his signal caller will be.

“I don’t know how close he is to being 100%, but we’re just going to watch him this week,” Strong said. “But he played the second half against Connecticut, so nothing should change.”

Except the defense their playing. Which is one of the best defenses in the Big East. And one that likes to pressure the opposing quarterback.

“No, that’s not a concern,” Strong said. “We just have to protect him and if we protect him then he’ll be fine. Just can’t get him hit.”

Bridgewater – who has 3,189 yards, 26 touchdowns and six interceptions on the season – was hit way to often against UConn. His backup is Will Stein, a fifth-year senior who’s attempted just 23 passes this season.

“We just know this,” Strong said. “Teddy is very tough. He’s a true competitor, so we’ll be able to go with him.”

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