The Cincinnati Bengals just took a significant blow after rookie quarterback Joe Burrow suffered a severe leg injury. Burrow has quickly seen his rookie campaign halted by a potential career-changing ailment. The former Heisman Trophy winner has taken the moment to send out a strong message to Bengals fans.
Joe Burrow suffers a significant leg injury
Through the first 10 weeks of the 2020 season, Joe Burrow showed flashes of tremendous promise.
All that came to a crashing halt in Week 11 against the Washington Football Team. Early in the third quarter, Burrow suffered a gruesome left leg injury that saw his left knee bend awkwardly after receiving a low hit.
The 23-year-old immediately went down in pain and required a cart to take him off the field to the locker room. The immediate sense around the situation is that he suffered a season-ending injury given the angle that his knee bent and physical force taken to the area.
The Bengals moved forward the rest of the game with backup Ryan Finlay, which resulted in a 20-9 loss. The focus immediately shifts toward Burrow’s injury with the hope that it’s not a complicated situation. With that in mind, the former Heisman Trophy winner has quickly sent out his first message since the career-changing moment.
Joe Burrow’s sends clear message to Bengals fans
The feeling around the Cincinnati Bengals has settled on Joe Burrow missing the rest of the 2020 season.
Burrow confirmed as much in his first message since the injury as he took to Twitter on Sunday afternoon to voice that he will be back next year. He has already received strong support over social media from Patrick Mahomes and Russell Wilson.
Losing Burrow for the rest of the campaign is a significant blow for the Bengals. Although any chance of reaching the playoffs is out of the picture, it takes away valuable playing time early in his career. Burrow has already demonstrated much promise behind his play.
Before Week 11 action, he ranked 10th with 2,485 passing yards along with 12 touchdown passes to five interceptions while holding an 89.8 passer rating. He also set a few NFL records in his first campaign, such as being the first rookie to have three straight 300 passing yard performances.
Burrow is also 1 of four quarterbacks to have at least five 300-yard passing game outings within their first 10 career games, joining Patrick Mahomes, Andrew Luck, and Kurt Warner. The injury to Burrow also pushed the franchise toward a critical offseason.
Bengals have big offseason ahead
Joe Burrow will likely see his rookie campaign cut short due to the first significant injury of his football career.
The situation gives the Bengals a chance to further assess their roster around Burrow. The franchise hopes he can lead the team to success for many years to come, which will require a well-structured squad around him.
The Bengals have a pair of young wide receiver talents around him in the passing game with Tyler Boyd and rookie Tee Higgins. There is uncertainty around A.J. Green’s future as he’s playing under the franchise while running back Joe Mixon is under a lucrative long-term deal.
The question that remains elsewhere lies with the need to beef up their offensive line. If the Bengals want to give Burrow a chance to succeed, they will need a strong and reliable unit in front of him. The Bengals have the opportunity to finally get out of the rut of failure with Burrow, which means taking all the appropriate measures with the roster moving forward.