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Bengals’ Zac Taylor has no update on QB Joe Burrow’s aggravated calf injury

ByGuillermo Garcia

Sep 18, 2023
Bengals' Zac Taylor has no update on QB Joe Burrow's aggravated calf injury

Burrow aggravated his calf injury on the play before Cincinnati’s final touchdown in the fourth quarter of Sunday’s 27-24 defeat to the Baltimore Ravens. He was noticeably limping afterward but did not miss any time due in part to Baltimore not allowing the Bengals to get the ball back. Taylor said after the game Burrow would’ve been put back in the game had the opportunity presented itself.

Burrow strained his calf on July 27 and missed the duration of the preseason and the majority of training camp.

Taylor said he “felt really good” about Burrow’s calf before he aggravated the injury on Sunday.

“I thought he had a great week of practice last week,” he said. “Only he’s the one that can answer on how he truly feels, but you’d gotten the sense that it was really good.”

Burrow will have an extra day to recover as the Bengals are set for a home game against the Los Angeles Rams on Monday Night Football in Week 3. But Burrow aggravating a soft-tissue injury that has the propensity to linger doesn’t bode well for a Bengals team that is looking to stop the bleeding of an 0-2 start to the season.

Is there a world where Taylor would consider sitting Burrow down for a week or two?

“I think, first of all, we’ve gotta hear what the doctors have to say before we start to assume anything,” Taylor said. “So once we have that information, we’ll figure out what we have to do.”

Burrow’s slow start to the season has certainly played a part in Cincinnati’s stumble out of the gate; the QB has completed just 56.9% of his passes for 304 yards, two TDs and an interception. While the Bengals aren’t unfamiliar to 0-2 starts dating back to last season, Burrow’s availability wasn’t ever in the cards as Cincy roared back to win the AFC North and reach the AFC Championship Game.

Jake Browning would be the next man up on the QB depth chart.