Joe Burrow’s promising rookie season in the NFL has come to an unfortunate early end. The Cincinnati Bengals’ quarterback suffered multiple injuries to his left knee in Sunday’s game against Washington and will be forced to miss the remainder of 2020.
Burrow got hurt in the third quarter of the 20-9 loss when he has found himself in between Washington’s defenders Jonathan Allen and Montez Sweat, who hit him each from the opposite sides. The 23-year-old quarterback was carted off the field after the play, and it became immediately obvious that he just suffered a serious injury.
While the Bengals didn’t detail Burrow’s injury, the reports say that the first overall pick in this year’s draft has an ACL and MLC tear while dealing with other structural issues in his knee.
Burrow is now expected to miss between nine and 12 months recovering. The back end of the timeline would jeopardize his status for the start of the 2021 NFL season, but the Bengals remain hopeful he’ll be at their disposal for the season opener.
Joe Burrow entered the NFL after a historic season with LSU, in which he won The Heisman Trophy and national championship while breaking several college records. Bengals immediately installed him as their starting QB from Week 1, and Burrow, on his part, delivered despite big expectations.
Despite playing for a struggling team, Burrow completed 65.3 percent of his passes while throwing for 2,688 yards and 13 TDs. This put him on pace to break Andrew Luck’s record for most passing yards for a rookie, while he had fourth-most passing yards in the first 10 games in NFL history.
Unfortunately, Burrow won’t be able to add to his rookie achievements, but he at least did show the Bengals that they made the right decision and that they have their quarterback of the future for years to come.