CINCINNATI (AP) — Joe Burrow will miss the remainder of the season with a torn ligament in his proper wrist, ending a disappointing marketing campaign for the Cincinnati Bengals’ star quarterback within the first 12 months of a $275 million contract.
Burrow and Cincinnati coach Zac Taylor disclosed the damage Friday and stated it might doubtless require surgical procedure.
The 26-year-old Burrow established himself as one of many league’s prime quarterbacks whereas main the Bengals to the Tremendous Bowl after the 2021 season and the AFC title sport the next 12 months, objectives that now seem unattainable for Cincinnati (5-5) together with his backup, Jake Browning, taking on. The Bengals are final within the AFC North after successful the division the earlier two years.
Burrow left throughout the second quarter of a 34-20 loss at Baltimore on Thursday night time after he threw a 4-yard landing move to Joe Mixon. Burrow doubled over in ache and held his wrist after the throw.
He stated Friday the damage doubtless occurred on the play earlier than, when he landed on his wrist on successful by Jadeveon Clowney after throwing a 9-yard move to Mixon. Burrow added he didn’t know he landed on his wrist till he noticed video of the play.
“I felt a pop in the midst of the throw. I attempted to offer it a go however couldn’t get it accomplished and obtained the information at this time. I had a sense earlier than we obtained the official information (what the consequence could be),” stated Burrow, who was 11 of 17 for 101 yards and a landing when he left the sport.
Burrow’s insistence that his damage occurred on that hit got here after the NFL determined to analyze why he was left off the group’s pregame damage report, an individual conversant in the state of affairs advised The Related Press, talking on situation of anonymity as a result of the assessment was not being publicly mentioned.
The Bengals had posted and later deleted a video on social media showing to indicate Burrow sporting a gentle solid earlier than the sport, however the star QB stated he solely had on a compression sleeve, which is one thing he had worn beforehand on flights.
After exiting the sport, Burrow tried follow throws on the sideline however the ball slipped out of his hand as he winced in ache. Burrow then went to the locker room and appeared annoyed.
That is the second time in Burrow’s four-year profession he has suffered a season-ending damage in Week 11. He tore two ligaments in his left knee throughout a sport in opposition to Washington in 2020. The next 12 months, he led Cincinnati to its first Tremendous Bowl for the reason that 1988 season and was named Comeback Participant of the 12 months.
“I’ve been by stuff like this earlier than so it’s nothing new. Like I stated, it’s soccer, stuff like this occurs. Simply obtained to study to stay with it,” Burrow stated.
Taylor didn’t sound involved about whether or not Burrow can bounce again.
“He’s programmed in another way. That’s why we’re lucky to have him. That’s why he’s achieved all of the issues in his lifetime he has, as a result of he’s capable of overcome setbacks and challenges and performs with a chip on his shoulder,” Taylor stated.
Burrow signed his five-year, $275 million extension, with a file $55 million annual wage, earlier than the beginning of the season.
On the sector, nonetheless, Burrow and the Bengals obtained off to a poor begin. He suffered a calf damage on the second day of coaching camp and missed the preseason. He didn’t miss a regular-season sport however was hindered by the damage because the Bengals began 1-3. Burrow threw two landing passes and two interceptions throughout that span and had a below-average 69.1 passer score.
Burrow and the Bengals appeared as if that they had turned issues round after that with a four-game successful streak that included victories in opposition to San Francisco and Buffalo. He threw three landing passes and had a 134.8 passer score in a 31-17 victory over the 49ers in Week 8 and adopted that up with a season-high 348 yards and a pair of TDs in opposition to the Payments.
The Bengals, nonetheless, have dropped their final two, and now Browning seems in line to be the starter for the remainder of the season. Additionally they have veteran AJ McCarron on the roster.
Browning was 8 of 14 for 68 yards and threw a landing move late within the fourth quarter in opposition to the Ravens. He spent the previous two seasons on the Bengals’ follow squad earlier than being elevated to Burrow’s backup this season.
Browning performed on the College of Washington and went undrafted. He spent the 2019 and ‘20 seasons on Minnesota’s follow squad.
Taylor reiterated his confidence in Browning on Friday.
“An enormous a part of the battle of enjoying quarterback is you’ve put within the work to have faith. It’s not simply you get on the market and placed on a courageous face making an attempt to trick all people considering you recognize what you’re doing,” Taylor stated. “Jake has proven by his actions. I feel guys assume extremely of Jake and respect the work he places in. I can’t converse sufficient to the kinds of questions that he has requested within the conferences to be sure that he’s ready.”
AP Professional Soccer Author Rob Maaddi contributed to this report.
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