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Joe Burrow

Cincinnati Bengals
Quarterback #9
Cincinnati Bengals
Quarterback #9
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Tosses two TDs in triumphant return

Burrow completed 20 of 27 passes for 261 yards and two touchdowns in Sunday's 27-24 overtime win over Minnesota. He added two yards on one rushing attempt.

Analysis: After failing to generate any points for most of the first half, Burrow tossed a pair of touchdowns in the final two minutes before halftime. He found Tee Higgins for a two-yard score with 1:51 remaining, then connected with rookie fifth-overall pick Ja'Marr Chase for a 50-yard touchdown just 1:16 later. Burrow was largely quiet besides that burst but did enough to lead his team to the overtime win after Minnesota overcame a 10-point fourth-quarter deficit -- his 32-yard pass to C.J. Uzomah to convert 4th-and-1 in the final minute of overtime set up Cincinnati's game-winning field goal. Most importantly, the second-year quarterback looked healthy and comfortable in his return from season-ending knee surgery, though he did spend some time on the stationary bike, per Charlie Goldsmith of The Cincinnati Enquirer. Burrow and the Bengals will travel to Chicago in Week 2.

Sep 12, 2021 2:30 PM EST

Back in action Sunday

Burrow played the opening series in the Bengals' 29-26 preseason loss to the Dolphins on Sunday, misfiring on his only pass attempt.

Analysis: Head coach Zac Taylor apparently didn't want to deviate from his plan of only having Burrow handle the opening possession, regardless of how short that drive ended up being. As it turned out, the Bengals actually went backwards with the second-year signal caller under center due to an unnecessary roughness penalty, and Burrow's only attempt, which went to Ja'Marr Chase, was incomplete due to a drop on the rookie receiver's part. Having broken the ice, albeit briefly, with respect to getting back into game action before the regular season, Burrow and his teammates will now look ahead to the Week 1 battle versus the Vikings on Sunday, Sept. 12.

Aug 29, 2021 4:57 PM EST

To log preseason snaps Sunday

Burrow will see action in Sunday's preseason finale versus the Dolphins, Ben Baby of reports.

Analysis: While the QB is poised to see game action for the first time since last November, when he sustained a season-ending knee injury, we don't expect Burrow to log extended work Sunday. With that in mind, coach Zac Taylor acknowledged that the 2020 No. 1 overall pick's stint against Miami will "be very limited. We'll be smart with what we do." In any case, Burrow's looming preseason appearance further solidifies that he'll be good to go in Week 1, when the Bengals host the Vikings.

Aug 25, 2021 9:41 AM EST

Won't face Washington

Coach Zac Taylor said Monday that Burrow will not suit up for Friday's preseason game against Washington, Marisa Contipelli of the Bengals' official site reports.

Analysis: Burrow has not been ruled out for the entirety of the preseason, but he will at least miss the Bengals' second exhibition contest. It's reasonable for the team to take a cautious approach to Burrow's return to game-action, given the severity of the injury he's working his way back from. Cincinnati's offense has regularly struggled with Burrow under center during the early portion of training camp, and though the franchise quarterback may not yet have regained full confidence in his knee, all indications are that he remains on track for Week 1.

Aug 16, 2021 1:15 PM EST

Some preseason action possible

While Burrow (knee) will not play in the preseason opener against Tampa Bay on Sunday, Bengals head coach Zac Taylor didn't rule him out for the entirety of the preseason, Charlie Goldsmith of The Cincinnati Enquirer reports.

Analysis: Burrow is still on track to start Week 1 of the regular season. "I'm not ruling anything out for the further games," Taylor said. "All I'm ready to speak on is Week 1. Those are the decisions we've made. It will be a quick turnaround next week for Washington, so we'll make those decisions relatively early in the week. And then Miami, we've got a lot more time before we play that third game."

Aug 12, 2021 6:20 PM EST

No go for preseason opener

Burrow (knee) will not play in the preseason opener next week, Jason La Canfora of CBS Sports reports.

Analysis: This shouldn't be a surprise whatsoever given the team's cautious nature regarding their franchise quarterback. Burrow has struggled through the first few days of training camp to gain any sort of confidence in his pocket awareness, a seemingly natural progression in his return from a torn ACL and MCL. A lack of confidence in his knee, and his offensive line, could have disastrous effects in live-game action so it's hard to see the team trotting out the 2020 No. 1 overall selection unless the Bengals were completely certain Burrow's mental hiccups were a thing of the past.

Aug 7, 2021 11:04 AM EST

Offensive struggling mightily

The Bengals defense has dominated the offense so far in training camp, putting intense pressure on Burrow and the Bengals' quarterbacks, Jay Morrison and Paul Dehner Jr. of The Athletic reports.

Analysis: There were two big concerns about Burrow heading into the season - how mobile would he be after recovering from a torn ACL and MCL, and would his offensive line do a better job protecting him? So far, the answers to the second question haven't been positive at all. It can be frequent that the defense will be ahead of the offense at this time of year, but the way the imbalance has been described ("... most lopsided practice in a long time ...") is certainly disturbing.

Aug 4, 2021 8:17 AM EST

Unlikely to play in preseason

Bengals president Mike Brown doesn't expect Burrow to play in any preseason games, Ben Baby of reports.

Analysis: Burrow made a smooth recovery from Dec. 2 knee surgery and now has been cleared for 11-on-11 drills at the start of training camp. Even so, the Bengals are leaning toward holding him out of games until Week 1, relying on practice to ramp up his workload and evaluate his health and performance. While all reports on Burrow's rehab progress have been encouraging, we'll still need to monitor his practice participation in the coming weeks, considering he'll be just a little more than nine months removed from ACL repair surgery when the Bengals open their season Sept. 12 against Minnesota.

Jul 26, 2021 8:58 AM EST

Opening camp healthy

Burrow (knee) is healthy and will be on the field for the start of training camp this week, Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reports.

Analysis: The Bengals placed WR Riley Lees (undisclosed) and Renell Wren (quadriceps) on the PUP list Sunday, and Burrow apparently won't be joining them and will be ready to practice this week. The 2020 first-overall pick's rookie campaign was derailed after 10 games due to a torn ACL and MCL in his left knee, but he's had no hiccups in his rehab over the past eight-plus months. Burrow could still be brought along slowly early in camp if the Bengals want to remain cautious, but at this point his availability for Week 1 isn't in doubt.

Jul 25, 2021 9:13 AM EST

Targeting healthy knee by camp

Burrow (knee) is aiming to be 100 percent healthy by the time training camp rolls around, Ben Baby of reports.

Analysis: Burrow estimated that his knee was at about 85 percent during minicamp, and he had no setbacks during any of the nine organized team activities during the offseason. He will has some work to do to get ready for training camp toward the end of July, but he appears to be well on track to be available for the Bengals' season opener versus the Vikings.

Jun 16, 2021 3:51 PM EST

"All systems go" for season opener

Burrow (knee) is considered "all systems go" for the Bengals' season-opener against the Vikings, Adam Schefter of ESPN reports. "He's on track for full go for the start of the season," Dr. Neal ElAttrache said.

Analysis: The second-year quarterback continues to make encouraging progress in his recovery from reconstructive knee surgery in December and it appears a Week 1 return is not just possible, but expected. Per Schefter, the doctors will restrict Burrow from taking contact until nine months out from the surgery, which could mean no preseason reps. Still, things continue to trend in the right direction for Burrow and he is on track to be ready for the start of the season even if he is limited through training camp.

May 18, 2021 11:22 AM EST

Reunited with college teammate

The Bengals added another elite pass-catching option for Burrow (knee) in the first-round Thursday, drafting college teammate Ja'Marr Chase from LSU.

Analysis: Given Justin Jefferson's production in his rookie year in 2020, it's easy to forget that it was Chase that actually led the way during Burrow's Heisman Trophy season in 2019. Burrow now has three excellent wideouts in Tyler Boyd, Tee Higgins and now Chase. Hopefully his offensive linemen will buy him more time this season to find them.

Apr 30, 2021 6:11 PM EST

On track for Week 1

Burrow (knee) is "very optimistic" about his rehab progress and expects to play Week 1, SiriusXM NFL Radio reports.

Analysis: Working his way back from Dec. 2 surgery on an ACL tear, Burrow has now resumed throwing from a dropback, in addition to running and weightlifting. He isn't doing rollouts or any change-of-direction work, but that's to be expected at this middle stage of the rehab process. The 24-year-old QB says he's ahead of schedule and even believes he'll be able to practice at some point this summer.

Apr 21, 2021 7:19 AM EST

Returns to Cincinnati

Burrow (knee) is back in Cincinnati after spending the first phase of his rehab process in Los Angeles, Ben Baby of reports.

Analysis: Dr. Neal ElAttrache performed surgery Dec. 2 in the L.A. area, 10 days after Burrow suffered ACL and MCL tears in his left knee. No setbacks have been reported so far, but the young QB still has a long process ahead, hoping to make it back for Week 1 of 2021. Burrow recently told Colin Cowherd that he's excited to continue working with Bengals head coach Zac Taylor, who was rumored to be on the hot seat but ultimately kept his job. Cincinnati has every opportunity to improve this offseason, holding the fifth overall pick in the 2021 NFL Draft and ranking sixth in the league in projected cap space ($42.1 million, per

Jan 11, 2021 9:44 AM EST

Undergoes successful surgery

Burrow underwent knee surgery Wednesday.

Analysis: The Bengals released a statement Thursday, noting that the rookie franchise QB "underwent successful surgery yesterday. The procedure went as planned and he is expected to make a complete recovery. Joe will begin the recovery process and we look forward to his return." Given the timing of Burrow's surgery, which will repair his damaged left ACL and MCL, it's unclear how close to 100 percent he'll be as the 2021 season approaches. In any case, now that the procedure been performed, the top overall pick in the 2020 NFL Draft can begin to embark on his recovery.

Dec 3, 2020 11:46 AM EST

Surgery on tap

Burrow (knee) is scheduled to undergo surgery to address his torn left ACL this week, Ben Baby of reports.

Analysis: Coach Zac Taylor didn't offer a timetable for Burrow's return to Cincinnati, nor has he disclosed an official timeline for the rookie's recovery from a torn left ACL and MCL, plus additional ligament damage. Still, there appears to be optimism that Burrow could be ready to kick off the 2021 campaign as long as he can avoid setbacks in his rehab. Despite having his debut season cut short, Burrow set Bengals rookie records in terms of both completion percentage (65.3) and passing yards per game (268.8).

Nov 30, 2020 11:14 AM EST

Placed on IR

The Bengals placed Burrow (torn ACL) on injured reserve Monday.

Analysis: Burrow suffered a season-ending torn left ACL, MCL and additional ligament damage during Sunday's divisional loss against the Steelers, so his placement on injured reserve was only a matter of time. Tom Pelissero of NFL Network reports that the Bengals anticipate an 8-to-9 month recovery timetable for Burrow, which would put him on track for the start of the 2021 season as long as he can avoid any setbacks. Ryan Finley replaced Burrow during Sunday's loss, and the Bengals have since promoted Brandon Allen from the practice squad.

Nov 23, 2020 1:07 PM EST

Expected to be ready for 2021

The Bengals expect Burrow (torn ACL) to recover in time for the start of the 2021 season, Tom Pelissero of NFL Network reports.

Analysis: Burrow tore his left ACL and MCL during Sunday's loss to the Steelers, in addition to suffering other structural damage. Adam Schefter of ESPN has noted that such injuries usually carry a 9-to-12 month recovery timetable, which could put his availability for next year in jeopardy, but Ben Baby of's confirmation that coach Zac Taylor expects Burrow to be ready for 2021 would suggest that the Bengals are confident his recovery will be on the quicker end. The 23-year-old now faces a difficult rehab process, even barring any setbacks, but his strong performance through 10 games as a rookie should provide Cincinnati with more than enough confidence to continue building around him.

Nov 23, 2020 12:09 PM EST

Multi-ligament injury confirmed

Burrow suffered a torn ACL and MCL in his left knee, in addition to other structural damage, Adam Schefter of ESPN reports.

Analysis: Burrow sustained the injury to his left knee during Sunday's 20-9 loss to the Steelers, when his leg buckled awkwardly while taking a sack, and Monday's MRI has now confirmed the full extent of the damage done. The 23-year-old-signal caller is set to undergo season-ending reconstructive surgery in the near future, and he'll need to avoid any setbacks in his recovery in order to return by the start of the 2021 campaign. In 10 appearances with the Bengals as a rookie, Burrow recorded 2,688 passing yards and a 13:5 TD:INT, a pace which put him on track to set multiple rookie passing records. He also managed 143 rushing yards and three scores on the ground.

Nov 23, 2020 11:14 AM EST

Torn ACL confirmed

The initial diagnosis has confirmed a torn ACL for Burrow, who will get an MRI on Monday to look for possible additional damage, Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reports.

Analysis: Even if no additional damage is found, the torn ACL alone will end Burrow's season, and he'll have to avoid any setbacks in his recovery to be ready by the start of next season. The 2020 first overall pick was on pace to set multiple rookie passing records and finishes his season with 2,688 passing yards and a 13:5 TD:INT in 10 games.

Nov 22, 2020 5:17 PM EST

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