NFL Network's James Palmer reported Thursday morning that the Denver Broncos quarterback is expected to start tonight, per a source informed of the situation. Bridgewater has been moving better as the week progressed, Palmer added.
The veteran quarterback was listed as questionable on the team's injury report after suffering multiple injuries in a loss to the Las Vegas Raiders last week. Behind a shuffled offensive line, Bridgewater was pummeled, getting hit 17 times and taking five sacks.
It gets no easier for Bridgewater, who will likely be even less mobile after the injuries, against a Browns defense that ranks fourth in the NFL in pressure rate (32.1%) and third in sack rate (7.4%) when not blitzing this season. The Broncos have allowed the second-highest QB pressure rate in the NFL (40.3%), along with five sacks, when facing four or fewer rushers since Week 5.
Bridgewater missed the second half of Week 4 after suffering a concussion but returned in Week 5. The veteran QB will play through the pain Thursday night as the Broncos try to end a three-game losing streak that has them spiraling.
As for the Browns star receivers, receiver Jarvis Landry was activated off injured reserve and is expected to play against Denver, Palmer reported. Odell Beckham, however, has an uphill battle to play tonight due to a shoulder injury, Palmer added, but he's not ruled out just yet.