During training camp, the Cincinnati Bengals experienced a major scare with franchise quarterback Joe Burrow. Burrow was taken off the field during Thursday’s practice after suffering a non-contact injury. Before being pulled from the session, he grasped his lower leg.
Head coach Zac Taylor stated after practice that Burrow had a calf issue, and the team confirmed to ESPN that Burrow has a strained calf. Taylor said on Friday that Burrow will be gone for several weeks and that the team will attempt to add a quarterback to the team’s other two healthy passers (Trevor Siemian and Jake Browning), who will rotate by day for the time being.
According to NFL Network, the team brought in former XFL quarterbacks Reid Sinnett and Drew Plitt for a workout on Saturday and plans to sign Sinnett. You can see a tweet below:
The #Bengals plan to sign FA QB Reid Sinnett after today’s workout, source said. The former San Antonio Brahmas starter in the XFL, he most recently played for the #Dolphins in the NFL. He’ll help Cincy manage practice with the injury to Joe Burrow. It’ll be official tomorrow.
— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) July 29, 2023
Burrow stayed for a few minutes on the ground with Bengals running back Mixon next to him until the cart arrived and carried him in. Burrow was flushing out of the pocket when he was injured.
Joe Burrow carted off of #Bengals practice field.
— Olivia Ray (@OliviaRayTV) July 27, 2023
“He was just scrambling,” Taylor said to reporters, via Fox 19 Now in Cincinnati. “This is football. Guys go down with an injury. … That’s just part of football in training camp.”
Zac Taylor calls it a calf issue for Joe Burrow.
Here’s everything he said after practice. pic.twitter.com/mpSlkB1pgB
— Joe Danneman (@FOX19Joe) July 27, 2023
Before the club acknowledged Burrow’s strain, wide receiver and close friend Ja’Marr Chase told reporters why he believes Burrow will be fine. “We always give each other that nod,” Chase said after practice, according to The Athletic’s Paul Dehner Jr. “He gave me a nod to say he’s fine.” He’s a tough guy.”
Ja'Marr Chase in the locker room said he went over to talk to Joe Burrow when he went down on the field.
"We always give each other that nod … He gave me a nod he's all right. He's a strong dude."
— Paul Dehner Jr. (@pauldehnerjr) July 27, 2023
Chase went on to say that he felt better after receiving the thumbs up from his quarterback.
“I wasn’t really worried,” Chase said. “I believe he’s all right.”
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Taylor confirmed after practice that Burrow was wearing a sleeve on his injured leg, which is unusual for the quarterback. Taylor isn’t going to freak out over his franchise quarterback’s condition. Stay tuned to The Current Online for more news.