NEW ORLEANS — Teddy Bridgewater withdrew his first touchdown pass more than three years on Sunday, the latest milestone in his comeback from a catastrophic 2016 knee accident.
Bridgewater, 26, started for its Saints in place of Drew Brees because New Orleans has already clinched the NFC’s No. 1 seed. He also completed the 9-yard TD pass to rookie recipient Tre’Quan Smith early in the fourth quarter against the Carolina Panthers.
Bridgewater’s final NFL start came using all the Minnesota Vikings during a hearing loss to Seattle after the 2016 season. And he explained earlier this week that he had”the anguish” only thinking about it.
Bridgewater, who could be in sought after as an unrestricted free agent after this season he has shown he is still healthy, also threw an interception later in the fourth quarter.
Bridgewater’s return was not the sole noteworthy injury comeback in Sunday’s game to the Saints. Beloved offensive lineman Derek Newton entered the game early in the first quarter to displace rookie Andrus Peat in left handle — Newton’s first game action as he tore both of his patellar tendons at precisely exactly the same time with the Houston Texans at 2016.
Newton, 31, said he believes that no other player has ever returned to play at a NFL game after tearing both patellar tendons at precisely exactly the exact same moment. He explained he spent nearly two weeks at a hospital bed after surgery.
By sitting Sunday, Brees officially set the NFL’s list for completion percentage in a season for the fourth time in his career at 74.4 per cent — shattering the mark of 72.0 percent he put last year.
Additionally, Saints recipient Michael Thomas broke Joe Horn’s franchise record using 1,405 receiving yards in a season after catching a 6-yard pass by Bridgewater to the touchdown drive. Horn was at the building.