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Joe Burrow’s doctor offers promising update on knee injury

Joe Burrow

Joe Burrow said earlier this offseason that he expects to be fully recovered from his knee injury in time for the start of the 2021 season, and his doctor agrees.

Dr. Neal ElAttrache, who operated on Burrow’s knee in Los Angeles in December, told ESPN’s Adam Schefter on Tuesday that he expects the quarterback to be “all systems go” for the Bengals’ regular-season opener against the Minnesota Vikings on Sept. 12.

“He’s on track for full go for start of the season,” ElAttrache said. “He’s doing all the work. He’s worked his tail off and been an amazingly mature participant in his recovery. He’s focused and great to work with.”

That is consistent with everything we have heard this offseason, but it certainly holds more weight coming from the doctor who performed surgery on Burrow. ElAttrache added that Burrow’s knee has been “performing perfectly” given the circumstances.

Burrow suffered a torn ACL on Nov. 22 against Washington. He underwent surgery on Dec. 2. Doctors have recommended that he not take part in any contact drills for nine months, so it seems likely that he will sit out the preseason.

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, they have already shared encouraging updates about his rehab. You can understand why they are so optimistic after hearing what ElAttrache had to say.

Joe Burrow reacts to Bengals drafting his ex-teammate Ja’Marr Chase

Joe Burrow

The Cincinnati Bengals gave Joe Burrow a nice present with the No. 5 overall pick in this year’s NFL Draft.

Cincinnati drafted former LSU wide receiver Ja’Marr Chase with their first-round pick. Chase played at LSU in 2018 and 2019 but opted out of last season.

During LSU’s national championship season in 2019, Chase had 84 catches for 1,780 yards and 20 touchdowns. That was the same year Burrow threw for 5,671 yards and 60 touchdowns.

You think Burrow was happy to have Chase as a teammate again? He tweeted the following GIF of Chase celebrating a touchdown pass:

The Bengals are envisioning the connect between the two men living on throughout the NFL.

Cincinnati had A.J. Green as their franchise receiver for several years. Green is now with the Arizona Cardinals. Chase is well-positioned to take over that spot for the next decade.

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

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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

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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

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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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