Denver Broncos QB Teddy Bridgewater to start if cleared through final concussion protocol step

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ENGLEWOOD (Colo.) -- If Teddy Bridgewater, the Denver Broncos' quarterback, passes the final step of the concussion protocol on Saturday morning, he will be ready to play Sunday against the Pittsburgh Steelers.

Bridgewater, who sustained a concussion during Sunday's loss against the Baltimore Ravens has made progress each day to more on-field training. Bridgewater participated in Wednesday's team walk-throughs, and then practiced on Thursday and Friday.

The Broncos cleared Bridgewater to participate in the practice, and he was able to work with the starters during the majority of snaps. It is expected that Bridgewater will be starting Sunday. Bridgewater will be examined by an independent doctor Saturday, before the team's walkthrough at their suburban Denver facility. This will take place before the team departs for Pittsburgh later that afternoon.

After Friday's practice, Vic Fangio, Broncos coach, stated that he has made good progress and is now ready to play. "They'll decide Saturday for the final verdict."

Fangio replied "good" when Fangio was asked how Bridgewater had looked in the last two days.

Bridgewater was concussed after he attempted his final pass of the first quarter Sunday. Bridgewater was struck by Odafe Oweh's Ravens linebacker. He was then examined briefly and taken to the locker area.

Bridgewater had already taken several big hits in this game, including one that ripped his helmet off in quarter 1.

In the Broncos' unbeaten September, the eighth-year veteran has been consistently praised for his efforts on and off the field. He was the league's leader in completion percentage and his first-quarter touchdown pass from Noah Fant to tight end gave him five scoring passes without a turnover.