Joe Burrow

Cincinnati Bengals
Quarterback #9
Cincinnati Bengals
Quarterback #9

Joe Burrow News

Sheds knee brace

Burrow (knee) is practicing Wednesday without a brace on his left leg, Tribune-ReviewSports reports.

Analysis: Burrow wore a brace on his left knee all last season, after suffering ACL and MCL injuries to that side as a rookie. The 25-year-old also battled an MCL sprain in his right knee down the stretch of 2021's playoff run, which culminated in a narrow Super Bowl loss to the Rams, but he didn't need to undergo offseason surgery. Burrow has been taking part in spring practices, and though the Bengals haven't yet officially announced the quarterback receiving full medical clearance, everything appears to be trending in the right direction. Burrow was the most-sacked quarterback in the NFL last season (51), but he heads into the 2022 campaign with a revamped offensive line. Cincinnati kicks off training camp July 30.

Jun 15, 2022 6:16 AM EST

Reports for offseason workouts

Burrow (knee) reported for the start of Cincinnati's offseason workouts Monday, Ben Baby of reports.

Analysis: Burrow is recovering from a left MCL sprain, but he avoided surgery for the injury, and the Bengals haven't expressed any significant public concern about the star quarterback's health. It remains to be seen, however, whether Burrow's rehab has progressed enough for him to begin offseason activities without any limitations. In any case, Burrow will now benefit from another offseason to build chemistry with top wideouts Ja'Marr Chase and Tee Higgins (shoulder), the latter of whom is recovering from left labrum surgery.

May 2, 2022 8:32 AM EST

No surgery needed for MCL sprain

Coach Zac Taylor said Wednesday that Burrow (knee/hand) has been diagnosed with an MCL sprain, Paul Dehner Jr. of The Athletic reports.

Analysis: Burrow is also nursing a pinky injury, per Geoff Hobson of the Bengals' official site, but he shouldn't require surgery to address either issue. Additionally, Taylor categorized Burrow's MCL injury as a re-aggravation of the issue he dealt with in December. Based on rest being Burrow's recovery prognosis, it appears that he should have a fair shot at being ready for the start of spring practices.

Feb 16, 2022 7:17 AM EST

Shouldn't need offseason surgery

Burrow isn't expected to need surgery on the knee injury he suffered in the final minutes of the Super Bowl, Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reports.

Analysis: While the injury likely impacted his mobility late in the fourth quarter, Burrow never missed a snap. Still, it's apparently serious enough to require some type of rehab process, which Burrow should have time to complete before spring practices in May and June. Rapoport says the injury "shouldn't drastically alter [Burrow's] offseason."

Feb 15, 2022 11:38 AM EST

Overcome by pressure

Burrow completed 22 of 33 passes for 263 yards, one touchdown and no interceptions in Sunday's 23-20 Super Bowl LVI loss to the Rams.

Analysis: Burrow's highlight reel play of the game came on the first snap of the second half, when he connected with Tee Higgins for a 75-yard touchdown. However, besides that connection, Burrow managed only 5.9 yards per attempt and was under consistent pressure in the final two quarters of the contest. Despite the disappointing end to the campaign, Burrow led Cincinnati to an impressive postseason run that included upset wins over the Titans and Chiefs -- two of the favorites in the AFC. He'll now turn his focus to the 2022 season, with each of Higgins, Ja'Marr Chase and Joe Mixon all back as his primary offensive weapons.

Feb 13, 2022 7:38 PM EST

Leads Bengals to Super Bowl

Burrow completed 23 of 38 passes for 250 yards, two touchdowns and one interception in Sunday's 27-24 win over Kansas City in the AFC Championship Game.

Analysis: Burrow and the entire Bengals offense got off to a slow start, as they managed only three points through the first 29 minutes of game time. However, he connected with Samaje Perine on a screen pass that went for a 41-yard touchdown just before halftime. Burrow then led the team to three scoring drives in four possessions spanning the third and fourth quarters, highlighted by a two-yard touchdown toss to JaMarr Chase. That scoring spree gave the team the chance to seal the upset win in overtime. In addition to scoring plays, Burrow added in two completions of more than 20 yards, one to Chase and the other to Tee Higgins. Burrow will look to complete his incredible postseason run with a Super Bowl victory over either the Rams or 49ers.

Jan 30, 2022 3:52 PM EST

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

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