Head coach Zac Taylor advised the media it’s at present “laborious to say” if Burrow will be capable of swimsuit up for Cincinnati’s Week 3 sport towards the Rams. That contest will happen on Monday evening, giving the staff’s franchise signal-caller an additional day to relaxation. Nonetheless, a lot will rely on Burrow’s skill to handle the pressure which cost him the entire preseason and briefly threatened to maintain him out for Week 1.
“To start with we’ve got to listen to what the medical doctors must say earlier than we begin to assume something,” Taylor mentioned of Burrow (who would have continued taking part in within the closing moments of Sunday’s contest had he wanted to), via ESPN’s Ben Baby. “As soon as we get that info, we’ve got these [conversations], determine what we’re going to do.”
Burrow and the Bengals’ offense have struggled to start the yr, with the harm prone to blame for not less than among the staff’s 0-2 document out of the gate. Given the bottom the defending AFC North champions have already misplaced within the division with losses to the Browns and Ravens, nevertheless, vital urgency exists within the speedy future for Cincinnati. Having Burrow in place would clearly signify the popular state of affairs to former UDFA Jake Browning being referred to as upon.
Then again, Burrow’s five-year, $275M extension provides the Bengals loads of trigger to proceed cautiously with their franchise cornerstone. A short absence would give him further time to heal, although he has beforehand admitted to the pressure being one thing that may require ache administration all through the marketing campaign. Loads of consideration shall be centered on his skill to take part in observe within the coming days.
If Burrow have been to finish up lacking sport motion, the Bengals would depend on Browning (who tried one go in Week 1 after relieving Burrow within the staff’s lopsided Week 1 defeat) and Will Grier, who joined the staff after roster cutdowns partly as a result of likelihood provided of a backup role given the free agent departure of Brandon Allen. Neither passer would supply anyplace close to the upside of Burrow, in fact, so such a situation is one the staff will goal to keep away from.