30 August, 2023
Tuesday marked the quarterback of the Cincinnati Bengals’ official return to practice after missing a little more than a month due to a calf strain.
The team, which has not officially commented on Burrow’s condition, is said to have been confident for several weeks that Burrow will be ready for their Sept. 10 season opening against the Cleveland Browns. That is only confirmed by his presence at practice on Tuesday.
During a training camp workout on July 27, Burrow initially hurt his calf. He began to scurry to his right when all of a sudden he pulled up and began to hop on his left leg. Burrow eventually lost his footing and had to be taken off the field by a cart.
At the time, the team merely disclosed that Burrow would be gone for “several weeks.” He didn’t play at all during the preseason, but he was frequently observed on the sidelines and before those games jogging and throwing regularly.
According to ESPN, Bengals coach Zac Taylor stated on Tuesday, “I think he has a very healthy body.” “And that gives me hope,” she added.
On Tuesday, Taylor was questioned about Burrow’s prolonged absence as well, and he refuted the claim that Burrow had been sitting out because of his upcoming contract extension. The fourth year of the 26-year-old Burrow’s initial four-year, $36 million contract with the Bengals has just begun. Additionally, he is the final significant quarterback eligible for a deal this offseason. Justin Herbert, the quarterback for the Los Angeles Chargers, just signed a five-year, $262 million contract extension.
Last season, Burrow threw for 4,475 yards, a career-high 35 touchdowns, and 12 interceptions. Since joining the league, he has completed more than 68% of his throws, and in 2021, he led the NFL in both completion percentage and yards per attempt. Under his direction, the Bengals made it to the Super Bowl in 2021 and thrice to the AFC championship game.
Burrow therefore seems to be prepared to start the season even though it took more than a month to get him back out there.