Cincinnati Bengals quarterback Joe Burrow suffered a very serious knee injury on Sunday, and we have since learned that the damage goes beyond just a torn ACL. While the rookie’s recovery is sure to be long and difficult, one doctor does not believe it will cost Burrow much — if any — of his 2021 season.
Dr. David Chao, who now works for Outkick but was the San Diego Chargers’ team physical for 17 seasons, offered an optimistic prognosis for Burrow during an appearance on Clay Travis’ FOX Radio show Wednesday. He said even with Burrow suffering a torn MCL and other knee damage in addition to the torn ACL, he believes the No. 1 overall pick can be ready to play come Week 1 next season.
“I have optimism. A lot of people compared it to Carson Wentz who had an ACL, and ‘LCL’, which is a totally different story, because you’re literally doing surgery on two ligaments, where in an ACL/MCL, even if there’s a small PCL component, you’re really only re-constructing the ACL, and letting the MCL and PCL heal on its own,” Chao said. “That is why I remain optimistic that Joe Burrow could be the starting quarterback for the Cincinnati Bengals Week 1 of 2021 … I don’t see the doom and gloom of, ‘Oh, my gosh, we won’t see him until 2022!’ This is NOT Teddy Bridgewater.”
A lot of that is obviously in-depth medical speak, but it sounds like Bengals fans need not panic. While Burrow’s injury has been described as worse than initially believed, he does not appear to be facing a rehab like the one Bridgewater or Alex Smith endured.
Burrow was carted off the field in the third quarter of Sunday’s game against Washington after he was hit low and his leg bent awkwardly underneath him. He finishes with 13 touchdown passes and five interceptions in what was an extremely promising rookie campaign.
Joe Burrow’s season-ending injury was hard for many to watch. It was especially difficult for his college coach.
LSU coach Ed Orgeron said he has texted Burrow, admitting that he was sad to see his former quarterback hurt as badly as he was on Sunday.
“It was tough to watch. We felt bad for him,” Orgeron said Monday, via Jake Rill of Saturday Down South. “Joe’s a competitor. I texted him today. I know he’s going to be back. I know his attitude. I thought he was having a Rookie of the Year season. We are very proud of him.”
Burrow won the Heisman Trophy for Orgeron and the Tigers last season en route to a national championship. He’s rightly considered an LSU legend, so they’ll be pained to see this happen to him.
Unfortunately, it was revealed Monday that Burrow’s injury was even worse than initially feared.
Joe Burrow will miss the remainder of the 2020 season after he suffered a knee injury on Sunday, and unfortunately the Cincinnati Bengals rookie sustained more than just a torn ACL.
Burrow underwent an MRI on Monday that revealed he has a torn MCL in addition to a torn ACL, according to ESPN’s Ben Baby and Adam Schefter. Burrow reportedly also suffered “other structural issues” as well.
Burrow was carted off the field in the third quarter of Sunday’s game against Washington after he was hit low and his leg bent awkwardly underneath him.
There has been no specific timetable given for Burrow’s return, but it sounds like the No. 1 overall pick is facing a long and difficult recovery. He finishes his rookie season with 13 touchdown passes and five interceptions.
Joe Burrow’s injury appears to be as severe as initially feared.
According to Ian Rapoport of NFL Network, Burrow suffered a torn ACL in Sunday’s game against Washington. There may also be additional damage to the quarterback’s knee, but regardless, his rookie season is over.
Burrow suffered the injury in the third quarter when he was hit by two Washington defenders on a pass attempt. His left leg bent awkwardly underneath him, and he had to be carted off the field.
It’s an unfortunate blow for the No. 1 overall pick. He’ll finish his season with a respectable 13 touchdown passes and five interceptions. Expect to see second-year backup Ryan Finley under center for the Bengals for the remainder of the season.
Cincinnati Bengals quarterback Joe Burrow suffered a serious knee injury on Sunday, and we now know it is one that will end his season.
Not long after he was carted off the field against Washington, Burrow indicated on Twitter that the injury will keep him out for the remainder of the year.
“Thanks for all the love. Can’t get rid of me that easy. See ya next year,” Burrow wrote.
Burrow sent the tweet while the Bengals’ game against Washington was still ongoing, so he obviously received a very quick diagnosis from team doctors.
Burrow was hit by two Washington defenders on a pass attempt early in the third quarter. His left leg bent awkwardly underneath him. Burrow immediately clutched his knee in pain and was carted off.
The extent of the injury remains unclear, but it sounds like Burrow has a long recovery ahead of him.
Cincinnati Bengals quarterback Joe Burrow left Sunday’s game against Washington with what looked like a serious knee injury, and the rookie received support from across the NFL world after he was carted off the field.
Burrow, who has been having a great first NFL season, was sandwiched between two defenders early in the second half. His left leg bent awkwardly underneath him, and he immediately clutched his knee in pain. Star quarterbacks Patrick Mahomes and Russell Wilson were among the first to tweet their support for Burrow.
Players from both teams, including Washington star pass-rusher Chase Young, surrounded Burrow and wished him well as he was carted off.
There were plenty more tributes from across the NFL and sports world.
Burrow also took a huge hit from Young earlier in the game (video here), though he was able to bounce back quickly from that one. Hopefully the knee injury isn’t as bad as it looks.
Cincinnati Bengals quarterback Joe Burrow suffered a knee injury during Sunday’s game against Washington that looks like it could potentially be serious.
Burrow was sandwiched between two defenders on a pass early in the third quarter, and his left leg folded awkwardly underneath him. He immediately clutched his left knee in pain and was carted off the field.
Hopefully the injury turns out to be less severe than expected, but it did not look good. The Bengals ruled Burrow out for the remainder of the game almost immediately.
The vicious hit was the second one Burrow took in the game, as he was also laid out by Chase Young in the first half (video here).
Burrow had completed 22-of-34 passes for 203 yards and a touchdown prior to exiting the game. The Bengals trailed 14-9 when he left.
The first two picks in the 2020 NFL Draft went head-to-head on Sunday, and it was Chase Young who got the best of Joe Burrow in the early going.
With the Cincinnati Bengals facing 4th-and-goal from the 3-yard line, Burrow tried to scramble for the end zone and was absolute throttled by Young as he reached for the goal line. The hit caused Burrow to cough up the ball.
Here’s another angle of the hit:
The result of the play took a while to sort out. It was initially ruled on the field that Washington recovered the fumble and fumbled back into the end zone before recovering again, which resulted in a safety. The Bengals committed a hold on the play, so Washington accepted the penalty and 3rd down was supposed to be replayed. A review then determined that Washington never actually established possession of the loose ball until they recovered it in the end zone, so the result of the play was a touchdown. The holding penalty was declined at that point.
Burrow has drawn a lot of praise this season, and deservedly so. Young gets far less attention as a defensive player, but he certainly showed why he was the No. 2 overall pick on that hit.
Joe Burrow is having a great rookie season, but the Cincinnati Bengals have won just two games and appear to be a long way from playoff contention. Burrow has likely heard much of the praise that has been heaped on him, but the former No. 1 overall pick insists none of that matters until the wins start piling up.
The Bengals are 2-6-1 entering Week 11, which prompted a reporter to ask Burrow on Wednesday if there is a way to measure success going forward other than wins and losses. The Heisman Trophy winner had a great response.
That is exactly the type of quote a team and fan base wants from its top overall pick.
Burrow has thrown for 2,485 yards this season, which is the ninth-most in the NFL. His 12 touchdown passes in nine games are nothing outstanding, but he has thrown just five interceptions. Many consider that to be a more important stat for a rookie.
One young quarterback supposedly bragged about his stats following a loss earlier this year, and that may have contributed to the decision to bench him. It doesn’t sound like we’re going to hear any comments like that from Burrow during a losing season.
Joe Burrow has some VIPs in his corner as he works through his rookie season in the NFL.
The Cincinnati Bengals are visiting the Indianapolis Colts on Sunday. Burrow is having a nice rookie season at quarterback for Cincinnati, and aspires to have the success of former Colts No. 1 overall pick, Peyton Manning.
On Wednesday, Burrow expressed his appreciation for the Manning family and specifically said that Archie has supported him this season.
“That family is a great family,” Burrow said. “Archie texts me every week, win or lose. Last week he texted me ‘head up.’ He told me that Eli’s rookie year he played the Ravens and had a 0.00 QBR. Archie texts me every week, and that means a lot to not only me, but my family as well.”
Archie was the No. 2 overall pick by New Orleans in 1971 out of Ole Miss. The Saints struggled during his time there and he was sacked over 300 times, so he can relate to what Burrow is going through on the 1-3-1 Bengals.
In addition to Archie, Burrow says he has heard from Peyton Manning and receives regular support from Kurt Warner.
“Those guys want to help, and it would be dumb not to take advantage of those opportunities,” Burrow said.
Back in February, Burrow shared that he was receiving help from Archie and Archie’s sons, Cooper and Peyton.
The connection with Burrow and Cooper Manning may actually have another larger implication. But the willingness of the Manning family and others to help Burrow plays a big role in helping the NFL grow and remain in good hands.