The really bad news got even worse for rookie quarterback Joe Burrow and the Cincinnati Bengals on Monday.
Everyone was already aware that Burrow suffered a torn ACL in Sunday’s loss to Washington.
But according to an ESPN report, an MRI revealed it’s more than that.
“Burrow tore his ACL, MCL, and suffered other structural issues in his knee as well,” ESPN’s Adam Schefter reported.
It’s hard to know if the No. 1 overall draft pick will ever be the same. Despite the fact the Bengals weren’t winning much, Burrow looked like a sure-fire future star.
Now, that future is in doubt, and former NFL coach Rex Ryan said the Bengals are to blame.
“I think it was reckless in the way that they handled him,” Ryan said on ESPN. “I know the coach (Zac Taylor) is remorseful about it now, but we saw it coming the whole season.”
“I go back to how they’ve handled him,” he said. “He’s had more drop-back passes than any quarterback in the league. That’s how you’re going to handle a rookie quarterback with a horrible offensive line and a bad football team? That’s not what you do with this kid.”
Unfortunately, that appears to be a lesson the Bengals learned much too late.