Joe Burrow

Cincinnati Bengals
Quarterback #9
Cincinnati Bengals
Quarterback #9
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Headed to AFC Championship Game

Burrow completed 28 of 37 passes for 348 yards, no touchdowns and one interception in Saturday's 19-16 divisional-round win over the Titans.

Analysis: Burrow was under constant pressure -- he was sacked nine times and hit on several other occasions -- but still managed to move the Bengals' offense effectively for the majority of the game. He distributed the ball well Tee Higgins, Ja'Marr Chase and C.J. Uzomah and connected with the trio for five completions of over 20 yards. The end result was that Burrow reached 300 passing yards for the fifth in his last seven games. He capped the effort with a 19-yard completion to put the Bengals in range for a game-winning field goal and will now head into the AFC Championship game against either Buffalo or Kansas City.

Jan 22, 2022 6:42 PM EST

Solid playoffs debut

Burrow completed 24 of 34 pass attempts for 244 yards and two touchdowns against Las Vegas on Saturday.

Analysis: The numbers are modest at a glance, but the Bengals controlled this game from start to finish and it's possible that they could have done more if they needed to. With that said, Burrow did most of his damage early, throwing one touchdown to each of Tyler Boyd and C.J. Uzomah in roughly the first third of the game and not doing a whole lot afterward. With higher stakes in the second playoff round it's possible that Burrow and the Bengals take a more aggressive approach.

Jan 15, 2022 5:40 PM EST

Back to full practice

Burrow (knee) practiced fully Tuesday, Jay Morrison of The Athletic reports.

Analysis: In his last appearance Week 17, Burrow limped off the field moments before Evan McPherson's (groin) game-winning field goal in a 34-31 victory against the Chiefs. He eventually followed a DNP/LP/FP practice regimen during prep for the season finale, and while he entered this past weekend as questionable, he didn't travel with the Bengals and was ruled out ahead of Sunday's contest at Cleveland. Burrow's knee injury may have been fortuitous, as he was able to get a week of rest ahead of Saturday's wild-card matchup with the Raiders. He also enters the postseason red hot, having posted at least 440 yards and four touchdowns through the air in back-to-back contests before sitting Week 18.

Jan 11, 2022 2:15 PM EST

Downgraded to out

Burrow (knee/rest) will not travel to Cleveland and has been ruled out ahead of Sunday's contest, Jay Morrison of The Athletic reports.

Analysis: The plan all along has been to rest Burrow so this hardly is a surprise. Ben Baby of did relay the second-year quarterback was a full participant in Friday's practice essentially confirming Burrow's designation is simply a procedural one. Expect the star quarterback to face no such limitations when the Bengals square off against their playoff opponent next week.

Jan 8, 2022 7:37 AM EST

Listed as questionable for Sunday

Burrow (knee/rest) is listed as questionable for Sunday's game against the Browns, Jay Morrison of The Athletic reports.

Analysis: Ben Baby of relays that the QB was listed as a full practice participant Friday, but the plan this weekend is to rest Burrow with the postseason in mind, which sets the stage for Brandon Allen to start Sunday. It remains to be seen, however, if Burrow is in uniform versus Cleveland, though fellow signal caller Jake Browning is a potential practice squad elevation and could back up Allen in Week 18.

Jan 7, 2022 12:49 PM EST

Limited Thursday

Burrow (knee/rest) was a limited practice participant Thursday, Charlie Goldsmith of The Cincinnati Enquirer reports.

Analysis: Though Burrow was back on the field after sitting out Wednesday's session entirely, his practice activity shouldn't be taken as evidence that he'll play in Sunday's regular-season finale in Cleveland. Head coach Zac Taylor and Burrow himself have both already said that the signal-caller won't start Sunday, with the Bengals instead planning to hold him out to preserve his health for the playoffs. Brandon Allen is in line to pick up the Week 18 start, though Burrow could still be active as his backup if the Bengals don't add another quarterback to the roster before Saturday's transaction deadline.

Jan 6, 2022 12:44 PM EST

Back at practice

Burrow (knee) was present for Thursday's practice, Kelsey Conway of The Cincinnati Enquirer reports.

Analysis: Burrow was rested during Wednesday's session, but his return to the field Thursday supports the notion that the knee issue that he's managing isn't a major one. That said, the plan is for Burrow to not start Sunday's regular-season finale against the Browns, with backup QB Brandon Allen in line to draw the Week 18 assignment.

Jan 6, 2022 10:11 AM EST

Not practicing Wednesday

Burrow (rest/knee)didn't practice Wednesday.

Analysis: Per ESPN's Ben Baby, Burrow plans to practice at some point this week. While the QB indicates that he's healthy enough to play in Week 18, it's expected that he'll be rested Sunday against the Browns, while Brandon Allen draws the starting assignment for Cincinnati.

Jan 5, 2022 1:18 PM EST

Not expected to start Sunday

Burrow (knee) doesn't expect to play Sunday against the Browns, Marisa Contipelli of the Bengals' official site reports.

Analysis: Burrow indicated Wednesday that his knee is "sore, but not bad" while adding that he could play in Week 18 if needed. However, with the looming postseason in mind, it looks like he'll sit out the Bengals' regular-season finale, which would set the stage for Brandon Allen to start this weekend. Supporting the notion that Burrow's knee issue isn't a major concern is that he expects to participate in practice this week, Ben Baby of

Jan 5, 2022 9:29 AM EST

Could be rest candidate

Head coach Zac Taylor said he hasn't decided whether Burrow (leg) or any other key starters will rest for Sunday's game against the Browns with the Bengals having already secured a playoff spot, Charlie Goldsmith of The Cincinnati Enquirer reports.

Analysis: Cincinnati enters Week 18 in the No. 3 spot in the AFC standings, but they could have the opportunity to clinch the No. 1 seed with a win and losses by the Titans, Chiefs and Patriots or a win plus a Bills win and losses by the Titans and Chiefs. That may incentivize Taylor enough to put his best players on the field, even though Burrow could probably benefit from some rest after the quarterback acknowledged his leg got twisted late in late week's win over Kansas City. At any rate, Burrow's injury doesn't look to be a major concern, so his play shouldn't be compromised if he does in fact suit up this weekend. Burrow handsomely rewarded those who kept him active in fantasy playoffs matchups Week 16 and 17, as he combined for eight touchdown passes and 971 yards through the air between those contests.

Jan 4, 2022 8:57 AM EST

Banged up late in huge win

Burrow completed 30 of 39 passes for 446 yards and four touchdowns in Sunday's 34-31 win over the Chiefs. He added 10 yards on five rushing attempts, but Field Yares of ESPN reports that Burrow was sidelined for the game's final few plays after taking a hit and hobbling off the field.

Analysis: After falling in an early 14-0 hole, Burrow connected with Ja'Marr Chase for a 72-yard touchdown. The Chiefs restored their 14-point lead on the ensuing drive, only for Burrow to answer again with an 18-yard touchdown pass to Chase. Burrow threw his third touchdown to Chase in the third quarter - this time from 69 yards out - before finally giving the Bengals the lead with a five-yard strike to Tyler Boyd early in the fourth quarter. The second-year quarterback engineered most of the game-winning drive late in the fourth, but backup Brandon Allen entered for a kneel down and a spike after Burrow limped off, setting up Evan McPherson's game-winning field goal as time expired. Assuming Burrow's injury doesn't affect his availability for Week 18 against the Browns, he'll go into the season finale with a whopping 971 passing yards and eight touchdowns over his last two games.

Jan 2, 2022 1:29 PM EST

Enormous production

Burrow completed 37 of 46 pass attempts for 525 yards and four touchdowns against Baltimore on Sunday.

Analysis: Burrow did almost whatever he wanted against a badly depleted Ravens secondary, propelling each of his three standout wide receivers to big fantasy production Sunday, especially Tee Higgins (12 receptions for 194 yards and two touchdowns) and Ja'Marr Chase (seven receptions for 125 yards). Burrow and the Bengals face a tougher matchup against the Chiefs in Week 17, but hopefully this monstrous breakout game helps the Bengals offense reach a new level of confidence as they make their playoff push.

Dec 26, 2021 1:35 PM EST

Makes most of limited volume

Burrow completed 15 of 22 pass attempts for 157 yards, one touchdown and no interceptions in Sunday's 15-10 win over the Broncos.

Analysis: As indicated by the score, this matchup was dominated by the defensive units. As a result, Burrow's volume was limited, and his 22 pass attempts were his lowest mark since Week 3. Even so, he was fairly efficient when he did take to the air, with the highlight of his performance being a 56-yard touchdown pass to Tyler Boyd late in the third quarter. While Burrow had racked up decent yardage in his last two games, he has now failed to throw for multiple touchdowns in five of his last six games.

Dec 19, 2021 8:07 PM EST

Takes all practice reps Thursday

Burrow (finger) was a full participant in Thursday's practice, Jay Morrison of The Athletic reports.

Analysis: Burrow's return to the field as a full participant confirms that his absence from Wednesday's session was maintenance-related. The quarterback initially suffered the injury to a finger on his throwing hand in the Bengals' Week 13 loss to the Chargers, but he played through the issue Week 14 and turned in one of his better outings of the season in a 26-23 overtime loss to San Francisco, finishing with 25 completions on 34 attempts for 348 yards, two touchdowns and no interceptions.

Dec 16, 2021 2:15 PM EST

Back at practice

Burrow (finger) returned to practice Thursday, Kelsey Conway of The Cincinnati Enquirer reports.

Analysis: The Bengals' upcoming injury report will reveal the QB's participation level, but as expected Burrow was back on the field Thursday after being held out of Wednesday's session, as he continues to manage an issue with the pinkie finger on his throwing hand.

Dec 16, 2021 10:06 AM EST

Will be rested Wednesday

Burrow (finger) won't practice Wednesday, Charlie Goldsmith of The Cincinnati Enquirer reports.

Analysis: The report relays via coach Zac Taylor that there isn't any concern about Burrow's ability to perform in games, but the QB will be held out of Wednesday's session in order to rest his pinkie finger. Per Geoff Hobson of the Bengals' official site, it seems plausible that Burrow will follow a similar pattern to last week, when he followed his initial 'DNP' with a limited session Thursday and then a full one Friday.

Dec 15, 2021 10:19 AM EST

Big numbers in tough loss

Burrow completed 25 of 34 passes for 348 yards and two touchdowns in Sunday's 26-23 overtime loss to the 49ers.

Analysis: The Bengals' offense was sluggish through three quarters but Burrow caught fire in the fourth, hitting Ja'Marr Chase for a pair of scores to force extra time and then leading Cincy to a field goal on the opening possession of OT. Unfortunately, San Francisco responded with a touchdown when they got their turn with the ball. Burrow's dislocated pinkie finger didn't stop him from reaching 300 yards for the second straight game and tossing multiple TDs for the first time since Week 8, but he faces a tough test in Week 15 on the road against the Broncos.

Dec 12, 2021 8:06 PM EST

Clear for Week 14

Burrow (finger) doesn't have a designation for Sunday's game against the 49ers, Marisa Contipelli of the Bengals' official site reports.

Analysis: Burrow emerged from Week 13 action versus the Chargers with a balky pinkie finger, which he dislocated but was able to play through en route to 24-for-40 passing for 300 yards, one touchdown and two interceptions. While he didn't practice Wednesday and was a limited participant Thursday, he capped the week with a full session Friday, clearing him to suit up Sunday. Coach Zac Taylor told Geoff Hobson of the Bengals' official site that Burrow won't have any limitations Week 14, but there are question marks in the Bengals skill positions, as both running back Joe Mixon (illness) and Tee Higgins (ankle) are question marks heading into the weekend.

Dec 10, 2021 12:53 PM EST

Limited in return to practice

Burrow (finger/knee) logged a limited practice Thursday, Jay Morrison of The Athletic reports.

Analysis: Burrow was listed as a non-participant Wednesday, so the QB's return to a limited session bodes well for his chances of being cleared to start Sunday's game against the 49ers. Per Geoff Hobson of the Bengals' official site, Burrow "appeared to throw free and easy" during the early portion of Thursday's practice, as he continue to manage a pinky issue on his throwing hand. Friday's injury report will reveal whether Burrow heads into the weekend with an official injury designation, but for his part the signal caller doesn't anticipate being sidelined versus San Fransisco.

Dec 9, 2021 3:18 PM EST

Logs DNP on Wednesday

Burrow (right finger/knee) was listed as a non-participant in Wednesday's practice, Jay Morrison of The Athletic reports.

Analysis: Per Geoff Hobson of the Bengals' official site, the team opted to hold the QB out of drills Wednesday in order to rest his dislocated throwing pinky. That said, at this stage Burrow -- who is evidently also managing a knee issue -- maintains that he doesn't foresee missing Sunday's game against the 49ers.

Dec 8, 2021 3:11 PM EST

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