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Joe Burrow surgery this week means he should be ready for 2021

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Nov 22, 2020; Landover, Maryland, USA; Mandatory Credit: Geoff Burke-USA TODAY Sports
Nov 22, 2020; Landover, Maryland, USA; Mandatory Credit: Geoff Burke-USA TODAY Sports /
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The announcement Joe Burrow will have reconstructive knee surgery this week means he should be ready for the beginning of the 2021 season.

Multiple reports came out on Monday led by Ian Rapoport of NFL.Com that Bengals franchise quarterback Joe Burrow is expected to have reconstructive knee surgery this week. The expectation that the recovery time for Burrow will be nine months puts him on pace to be ready to start the 2021 NFL season.

Burrow tore his ACL, MCL and had other structural damage done to his knee from a hit taken against the Washington Football team last month. Ryan Finley relieved Burrow against Washington and Brandon Allen started on Sunday in the loss to the New York Giants. The Bengals offense has not been the same without Burrow.

Burrow will have the surgery performed in Los Angeles by Dodgers team physician Neal ElAttrache who works for the practice founded by late doctor Frank Jobe. Jobe revolutionized throwing by performing the surgery on Tommy John. ElAttrache has performed surgery on Tom Brady, Ben Roethlisberger and Chris Sale.

Head coach Zac Taylor confirmed on Monday that Burrow will have surgery this week. Burrow was on pace to set rookie NFL passing records this season. The 264 completions by Burrow are the most and the 404 attempts are the second-most in NFL history through 10 games. Burrow’s rehab is critical to the Bengals future.

The recoveries by Brady and Roethlisberger show Burrow can return from reconstructive surgery. Brady has played 13 seasons since he had surgery for a torn ACL. New England played in five Superbowls and won three after Brady returned from ACL surgery before he signed with Tampa Bay in the 2020 offseason.

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The injury to Burrow means there will not be a second matchup with Roethlisberger this season. Pittsburgh won the first meeting with Cincinnati this season 36-10 for their 10th straight win against the Bengals. Burrow is the likely future of the AFC North with Roethlisberger in the twilight of his career.

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