Joe Burrow Injury Worse Than Suspected; Rex Ryan Rips Bengals

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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.”

Ryan continued.

“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.

Written by Sam Amico

Sam Amico spent 15 years covering the NBA for Sports Illustrated, FOX Sports and, along with a few other spots, and currently runs his own basketball website on the side,


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    • As a Steelers fan I have no love for the Bengals, but I liked watching Burrow play. Hope he can get healthy and make a comeback. He’s still very young and hopefully can fully recover.

      • I hope he’s back in time for the 2021 season but I keep seeing mixed reports on recovery time. Another setback for a franchise that can never catch a break. Their first-round pick in 2019 (Jonah Williams) didn’t play a down in 2019 due to injury.

    • Same here. It’s the truth. Period. Let’s just say Pat Mahomes and Deshawn Watson better be grateful they didn’t get drafted higher by some garbage team or they’d be limping around now too. It’s a shame for football.

  1. Rex Ryan is lecturing someone on how to properly develop a rookie QB? Okay, Butt Fumble.

    Wish Burrow the best. But Rex acts like there isn’t a mountain of video evidence showing he has zero clue on how to handle ANY QB, let alone a rookie

  2. COMPLETELY AGREE with Rex Ryan. This is why the Bengals have stunk so long. They don’t get basic things like how to take care of the best QB you’ve drafted in…EVER. They may have literally ended one of the greatest QB prospects in recent history’s career in 8.5 games by the way they threw him to the dogs like some 3rd string QB.

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