Bengals quarterback Joe Burrow pick a career ending injury

Joe Burrow, the quarterback for the Bengals, is hurt as OTAs get underway.

 

 

Bengals head coach Zac Taylor asking Joe Burrow if he'll be ready for Bengals OTAs

The Bengals’ quarterback, Joe Burrow, is injured as OTAs begin.
The quarterback for the Cincinnati Bengals, chosen first overall in the 2020 NFL Draft, Joe Burrow, hasn’t had the luxury of a full offseason and preseason to prepare for the upcoming season in any of his first four seasons in the NFL.
During the peak of the COVID-19 pandemic in 2020, teams were not provided with a comprehensive and official training camp. Burrow was recovering in 2021 from an ACL tear he sustained early in his debut campaign. Due to an emergency appendectomy caused by a perforated appendix in 2022, Burrow missed the majority of the Bengals’ training camp and preseason. Additionally, Burrow’s early-camp calf injury last year raised questions about his  availability for the start of the regular season.

The 2024 offseason once again begins with Joe Burrow’s health in question. A torn ligament in Burrow’s right wrist, suffered during a November game against the Baltimore Ravens, caused Burrow to miss the final seven games of the Bengals season. As a result, Cincinnati missed out on the postseason after making runs to the Super Bowl and AFC Championship Game the two seasons prior. But all signs out of Cincinnati point to Burrow being on track to complete the first normal training camp of his young career.

The 2024 offseason once again begins with Joe Burrow’s health in question. A torn ligament in Burrow’s right wrist, suffered during a November game against the Baltimore Ravens, caused Burrow to miss the final seven games of the Bengals season. As a result, Cincinnati missed out on the postseason after making runs to the Super Bowl and AFC Championship Game the two seasons prior. But all signs out of Cincinnati point to Burrow being on track to complete the first normal training camp of his young career.

Bengals’ Super Bowl hopes hinge on Joe Burrow’s health 

This is the best news that folks in Cincinnati could’ve hoped for, because through four seasons, there’s a very simple trend that is unfolding before our eyes: when Joe Burrow finishes the season healthy, the Bengals make a deep postseason run. When he doesn’t, the Bengals don’t make the NFL Playoffs at all.

2020: 10 starts, 2-7-1 record, torn ACL, missed playoffs

2021: 16 starts, 10-6 record, lost in Super Bowl 56

2022: 16 starts, 12-4 record, lost in AFC Championship Game

2023: 10 starts, 5-5 record, torn Scapholunate ligament, missed playoffs

Now admittedly, this isn’t quite an exact science. It’s more so an assessment of Burrow and the Bengals’ ceiling when he’s healthy. When healthy, it’s nearly impossible to dispute that he’s not one of the top five quarterbacks in the league, someone who has a tangible knack for making big plays in the biggest moments of the game.

Sure, a 2-7-1 record as a starter during his rookie season indicates that even if Burrow didn’t miss the final stretch of the season with a torn ACL, the Bengals likely weren’t sniffing the playoffs anyway. Last year, things certainly could’ve gone differently had Burrow remained healthy for the remainder of the season. Even without Burrow under center for the final seven games of the year, the Bengals finished 9-8, just a game out of the Playoff picture.

However, it does seem as though Joe Burrow’s right wrist—or perhaps more accurately, shoulders—may carry the entire weight of Cincinnati’s postseason ambitions this year.

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