Thursday night’s game took a worrisome turn for the Cincinnati Bengals as Joe Burrow, their star quarterback, left the field due to an apparent right wrist sprain. The Bengals, collectively holding their breath, are anxiously awaiting updates on Burrow’s condition.
After Cincinnati’s 34-20 loss to the Baltimore Ravens, head coach Zac Taylor informed reporters that Burrow sustained the sprain during the game, emphasizing that he was unaware of any pre-existing injury. Taylor stated, “It looks like he sprained his wrist. So, he fell on it early in the game and felt it on the touchdown pass.”
Interestingly, video footage from Prime Video’s broadcast showed Burrow entering the stadium with a brace on his right hand/wrist before the game. Despite this, he was not listed on the Bengals’ injury report earlier in the week. Taylor expressed his lack of awareness regarding Burrow’s wrist injury before Thursday night’s match.
Burrow’s exit occurred in the second quarter of the Week 11 game after a 4-yard touchdown throw to Joe Mixon. Although he returned to the sideline in the second half, he was seen wearing a beanie instead of a helmet. The discomfort became apparent when, after the follow-through of his touchdown pass, Burrow bent over in clear pain. Attempts to throw on the sideline further revealed his distress, leading him to exit the field and head to the locker room.
Jake Browning stepped in as Burrow’s replacement, completing 8 of 14 passes for 68 yards and a touchdown. Prior to his departure, Burrow had managed 11 of 17 passes for 101 yards, one touchdown, and no interceptions.
Earlier in the year, Burrow grappled with a calf strain that sidelined him during the preseason and impacted his performance at the start of the season. Despite the setback, both Burrow and the Bengals rebounded, securing a four-game winning streak before a Week 10 loss to the Houston Texans. Now, with this new wrist ailment, concerns about Burrow’s health loom over the team.