Cincinnati Bengals quarterback Joe Burrow was carted off the field during practice on Thursday after suffering a calf injury. The injury occurred during an 11-on-11 drill, when Burrow rolled out to his right and came up limping. He was then taken to the locker room for further evaluation.
Burrow’s injury is a significant blow to the Bengals, who are hoping to build on their success from last season. The 26-year-old quarterback was one of the NFL’s most productive passers in 2022, throwing for 4,611 yards and 34 touchdowns. He also led the Bengals to their first Super Bowl appearance in 30 years.
The severity of Burrow’s injury is not yet known, but it is likely that he will miss some time. The Bengals have not yet announced a timetable for his return.
In the meantime, the Bengals will need to turn to backup quarterback Brandon Allen. Allen has been with the Bengals since 2019, and he has started four games in his career. He is a capable quarterback, but he does not have the same level of experience as Burrow.
The Bengals’ injury to Burrow is a reminder of the importance of depth at quarterback. The team is fortunate to have Allen as a capable backup, but it would be a major setback if Burrow were to miss significant time.
On Friday, Bengals head coach Zac Taylor said that Burrow had suffered a calf strain. He said that Burrow would be re-evaluated on Saturday, but that he expected him to miss “some time.”
Taylor also said that the Bengals would not rush Burrow back, and that they would take their time in getting him healthy. He said that the team’s goal was to get Burrow back to 100% before he returned to the field.
The Bengals’ next game is on August 5 against the Buffalo Bills. It is unclear if Burrow will be ready to play in that game.