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Report: Joe Burrow pushing Bengals to draft former LSU teammate

Joe Burrow

Joe Burrow has only played one injury-shortened season for the Cincinnati Bengals, but the young quarterback appears to be flexing his muscle in voicing his roster preferences to the team.

Albert Breer of The MMQB noted in his recent mock draft that Burrow is urging the Bengals to draft LSU wide receiver Ja’Marr Chase with the fifth overall pick in the NFL Draft. Burrow and Chase were teammates at LSU and won a national title together in 2020.

The Bengals are in dire need of offensive line help. However, Breer thinks the team’s recent free agent addition of Riley Reiff could allow Cincinnati to select the wide receiver Burrow apparently wants.

It’s easy to see why Burrow would want to play with Chase again. In 2019, the wide receiver caught 84 passes for 1,780 yards and 20 touchdowns while playing with Burrow. Chase hasn’t played since, having opted out of the 2020 season to focus on his professional career.

Joe Burrow has hilarious response to Chad Johnson’s claim

Joe Burrow

Joe Burrow had a great response to Chad Johnson’s claim on Thursday.

Johnson, the former NFL wide receiver who was known as “Ochocinco,” claimed that he could help Burrow and Odell Beckham avoid further injuries. Johnson claims his 6-month meal prep plan would help both players, who are recovering from torn ACLs.

The claim sounds promising, but Burrow wasn’t quite buying it. He had to let Johnson down gently.

What’s the deal with McDonald’s? Johnson said a few months ago that he ate McDonald’s every day when he played. He credited that as the reason he never got injured. His reasoning was funny; if he could eat that fast food and his body would put up with it, his body would be able to handle the punishment it got from hits in the NFL.

That has to be the oddest food belief that we have heard since the old Jim Harbaugh story. It’s nice the diet worked for Ochocinco, who made six Pro Bowls as a player. But Burrow is probably best off avoiding the strategy.

Joe Burrow to be fully recovered from knee injury by Week 1?

Joe Burrow

Joe Burrow suffered a torn ACL late in the 2020 season, so it is fair to wonder if he will be ready in time for Week 1 next year. Based on everything we have heard about his recovery, it sounds like the Cincinnati Bengals star is on the right track.

Bengals head coach Zac Taylor was asked about Burrow’s rehab on Wednesday, and he did not provide much detail. He did, however, say the team has been encouraged by the quarterback’s progress.

“I know that he’s on pace to do all the things that we were hoping he’d do,” Taylor said, via Tyler Dragon of the Cincinnati Enquirer.

Burrow tore his ACL on Nov. 22. A torn ACL typically requires a recovery period of 6-9 months for NFL players, though Burrow’s injury was said to be even worse than expected. If Burrow took the full nine months, that would mean he’d be 100 percent healthy somewhere around Aug. 22.

Bengals director of player personnel Duke Tobin said this week that things look “very positive” for Burrow.

“The good news is with Joe, what I’ve seen around here is he’s attacking it full speed and looks great and so it’s been very positive seeing him fight back,” Robin said. “It looks very positive for the future and for this coming season for Joe.”

The Bengals aren’t going to rush Burrow. He’s the future of their franchise, and they care a lot more about his long-term health than winning games at the start of the 2021 season. That said, Burrow shared an encouraging update about his rehab a few weeks ago. It would not be a surprise if he is ready to go come Week 1.

Joe Burrow hints at important step in recovery from knee surgery

Joe Burrow

Joe Burrow appears to be perfectly on schedule in his rehab from knee surgery, if his Instagram is any indication.

The Cincinnati Bengals quarterback posted an older picture of himself running, along with a two-word caption: “Coming soon.”

ESPN’s Ben Baby pointed out that mid-February marked the point when Burrow was supposed to start running as part of his rehab work.

The picture isn’t new, but the caption seems to indicate that Burrow is ready to hit that mark of his rehab. It would suggest he’s on schedule, which gives him a real shot at being ready for the start of the 2021 season.

Burrow suffered the knee injury in November, and it turned out to be even more significant than feared at the time. That said, he’s been hitting his rehab benchmarks, and appears to be suggesting that he’s still right where he needs to be.

Joe Burrow has great reaction to EA Sports bringing back NCAA Football

Joe Burrow

EA Sports set social media ablaze on Tuesday with the news that we will soon have another college football video game, but the announcement was bittersweet for Cincinnati Bengals quarterback Joe Burrow.

Burrow, who is a little more than a year removed from leading LSU to a national championship, had a great tweet after EA Sports dropped the big news. The first overall pick said his dream was to be on the cover of the game.

He probably would have been, too. Burrow won the Heisman Trophy and set several records en route to a national title in 2019. Had EA Sports still been producing the “NCAA Football” series last summer, Burrow likely would have been the obvious choice for the cover.

Most people are overjoyed that EA Sports is bringing back a college football game, and you can see some of the best Twitter reactions here. Perhaps an exception can be made to allow Burrow to fulfill his dream.

Joe Burrow reveals his biggest focus for improvement for 2021

Joe Burrow

Joe Burrow showed flashes of great promise during his rookie season, but he came away disappointed with some aspects of his play.

The Cincinnati Bengals quarterback appeared on “The Herd” with Colin Cowherd on Thursday, and admitted that there were some aspects of his play he wasn’t pleased with. One in particular he singled out was his effectiveness on deep passes.

“Wasn’t great with the deep ball which I was pretty disappointed in because I’ve always been pretty good at that,” Burrow said, via Paul Dehner Jr. of The Athletic. “Emphasis for me this offseason.”

In his first season, Burrow didn’t really need to be elite with the deep ball. He was working on mastering the offense and getting used to the NFL. He can focus on things like this in year two. That will require him to successfully recover from his severe knee injury, but he seems to be making positive steps on that front.

Joe Burrow posts video of himself walking in recovery from knee surgery

Joe Burrow

Joe Burrow is taking his first steps — literally — in his recovery from knee surgery.

Burrow posted a video on Twitter Friday that showed him walking in what appeared to be a physical-therapy like rehab center.

The Cincinnati Bengals quarterback had his rookie season disrupted this year by a significant knee injury suffered in Week 11 at Washington. He was carted off in the third quarter of the loss with a torn ACL, torn MCL, and other structural issues.

Just over a month later, Burrow is already walking.

The 24-year-old former No. 1 pick passed for 13 touchdowns and five interceptions for the Bengals this season. The knee injury may not cost Burrow any time next season.

Tua Tagovailoa reached out to Joe Burrow after season-ending injury

Tua Tagovailoa

Cincinnati Bengals quarterback Joe Burrow heard from one of his important counterparts after suffering his season-ending ACL injury.

Miami Dolphins quarterback Tua Tagovailoa said he’d reached out to Burrow after the No. 1 overall pick went down for the season on Nov. 22, and said he’s rooting for Burrow to return as quickly as possible.

“Injuries like that are never fun,” Tagovailoa said, via Cameron Wolfe of ESPN. “I know he’d love to be able to go out there and compete against us. I sent him my prayers. I wish him the best.”

Tagovailoa knows a thing or two about severe injuries. He suffered an ugly hip injury last season that ended his college career at Alabama. He was drafted fifth overall anyway, and ended up taking over the starting job for Miami during the season.

There’s some encouraging thinking about Burrow’s long-term recovery. Maybe he can use Tagovailoa as a blueprint for his return.

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Ex-NFL team doctor offers prediction about Joe Burrow’s recovery

Joe Burrow

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.

Ed Orgeron reacts to Joe Burrow season-ending injury

Ed Orgeron

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.