Bridgewater was looking to scramble for a 1st down in the third quarter when he was tripped by Falcons linebacker Dante Fowler Jr. Bridgewater went down and was immediately hit by Charles Harris.
The quarterback was down on the field for some time before being taken off the field to be looked at by the training staff. Harris was penalized for unnecessary roughness and ejected from the game. P.J. Walker came in for Bridgewater and led the Panthers to a field goal to cut their deficit to two points.
Fowler and Harris were accused of performing dirty plays on the Bridgewater hit.
The former Louisville standout came back into the game in the fourth quarter.
Bridgewater entered the 2020 season as a starting quarterback for the first time since he was with the Minnesota Vikings. Bridgewater suffered a devastating knee injury that nearly cost him his career prior to the start of the 2016 stagione. He would make one more appearance for the Vikings before he and the team moved on.
He would play two seasons for the New Orleans Saints behind Drew Brees. Last season, he was 5-0 in five starts when Brees went down with an injury.
Entering Thursday night’s game, the Panthers were 3-4. He had 1,930 passing yards and eight touchdown passes.