Bridgewater will play vs. Rutgers

Louisville quarterback Teddy Bridgewater will play Thursday night against Rutgers despite a broken left wrist and sprained right ankle, coach Charlie Strong said Monday.

Bridgewater was injured last week in a 23-20 triple-overtime loss to Connecticut, but was able to return to the game with his injuries. He nearly led the Cardinals to the comeback win.

Still, Strong said Bridgewater would have his reps limited during the short week leading up to the game, and is still unable to take snaps from center.

"I don’t know how close he is to being 100 percent," Strong said on the Big East coaches call. "But we’re just going to monitor him this week. He played the second half against Connecticut so nothing should change."

Bridgewater has thrown for 3,189 yards and 26 touchdowns this season and is the absolute key for the Cardinals on offense. But he was hit way too often against the very aggressive UConn defense. Rutgers also brings an aggressive front that likes to pressure the quarterback, so Louisville must do a better job keeping Bridgewater upright -- especially since he already is hurt.

The stakes in this game are extremely high -- the winner will go to a BCS bowl.

"We have to do a better job of protecting and not let our quarterback get hit," Strong said. "He’s banged up a little but he was able to come back [in] the second half against Connecticut. Teddy is very tough and he’s a competitor so we’ll be able to go with him."