The advancement of modern medicine in recent years has shortened the recovery time for a torn ACL. Joe Burrow, who tore the ligament during a Week 11 bout versus the Washington Football Team in 2020, continues to take promising steps on his way to an early return with the Bengals.
Cincinnati head coach Zac Taylor, who had been more conservative about Burrow’s chances of playing preseason football this summer, has suddenly offered a hint that the QB could be ready to go quite soon.
Zac Taylor leaves the door open for Joe Burrow to play in the preseason: “I’m not ready to rule anything out for future games.” Taylor said it isn’t a shift but it sure seems like it.
— Ben Baby (@Ben_Baby) August 12, 2021
“I’m not ready to rule anything out for future games.” Taylor said Thursday.
The Bengals’ first preseason matchup is slated for Sunday, August 14th in Tampa Bay (7:30pm ET). Burrow will almost certainly miss the preseason opener, but he’ll have two more opportunities to suit up before the regular season begins: August 20th at Washington and August 29th versus Miami.
Ben Baby, who follows the Bengals for ESPN, was intrigued by Taylor’s vague response to the question of whether Burrow could appear in a preseason game.
“Taylor said it isn’t a shift but it sure seems like it,” Baby said of the head coach’s rhetoric.
The 2019 Heisman Trophy winner and 2020 first overall pick in the draft showed auspicious flashes in his ten or so games preceding the knee injury. If Burrow is unable to return during the preseason, he could still be under center for the regular season opener versus the Vikings on September 12.
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