Teddy Bridgewater in despite injuries

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

The stakes in this game are extremely high -- the winner will be headed to the BCS.

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 a comeback win.

Still, Strong said that Bridgewater would have his reps limited during the short week leading up to the game, and he 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.

"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 the second half against Connecticut. Teddy is very tough and he's a competitor, so we'll be able to go with him."