Joe Burrow, Cincinnati Bengals

Joe Burrow Still Day-To-Day Following Rams Victory

Bengals quarterback Joe Burrow played on his strained calf to help Cincinnati limp over the line against the Rams on Monday.

Joe Burrow went 26-of-49 in the 19 – 16 victory, the Bengals’ first of the season. He didn’t throw for a touchdown and had one interception for a 59.8 rating.

It was the second time this season Joe Burrow has finished a game with a passer rating of less than 60. He admitted to releasing the ball early whenever the Rams pressured him. Aaron Donald and co. sacked him twice and generated six quarterback hits against him.

 

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Burrow is clearly hampered by his injury, with only two touchdowns and two interceptions in three games. The question must be asked, is it worth futher aggravating his calf?

To get Cincinnati’s first win of the season, Burrow says it’s worth the risk.

“There is risk to go out there and potentially re-injure it, but there’s also a risk to go out there and be 0-3,” he said. “So I wanted to be out there for my guys, and I was confident I was going to be able to do what I needed to do to get the win.

“I feel good,” Burrow said. “We didn’t have any setbacks today, but still day to day, and I’ve learned through this process that you can have one at any time. So, it was good to get through this one, and that means it’ll be stronger for next week, so hopefully, I can have a full week of practice to prepare for next week.

“I was pretty cautious with extending plays,” he said. “I was quick to throw the ball away. But we were able to get the job done.”

 

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Bengals head coach Zac Taylor couldn’t confirm Burrow’s availability for Week 4. It sounds like they will manage the injury, striing a balance between need and caution.

“I’m in here saying day to day because that’s what we’re doing,” Taylor said. “You just never fully know, and you just want honest responses from him, which he gave, and you talk to the doctors, and everyone gets on the same page and feels good about it, and he goes out there and delivers a performance like he did.”

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