Bengals report successful Joe Burrow surgery without return timetable
The Bengals reported that quarterback Joe Burrow had successful surgery on Wednesday to repair his knee without a specific timetable on his return.
Bengals franchise quarterback Joe Burrow had successful surgery to repair the ACL and MCLs in his knee as well as other damage without giving a specific timetable for his return. Burrow was injured last month after being sacked in a game against the Washington Football team. Burrow is expected to return for the 2021 season.
The potential for Burrow to return at the beginning of the season is currently unknown. Burrow is facing a nine to 12-month rehabilitation. That would put his return for the start of the 2021 season on the hopeful end. The conservative timetable would cause Burrow to miss half of the 2021 season.
Burrow was on pace to set the NFL record for yards passing by a rookie and had the second-most passing attempts by a rookie QB through the first 10 games. Burrow completed 264 passes in 404 attempts for 65.3 percent for 2,688 yards, 13 touchdowns and eight interceptions. Burrow also contributed on the ground.
The rookie from LSU ran 37 times for 142 yards and three TDs. The recovery and rehabilitation for Burrow are critical to the future of the Bengals. Without any experience at QB behind him, expect the Bengals to sign a veteran for the 2021 season if they believe that Burrow will not be ready in September.
Ryan Finley relieved Burrow against Washington. Brandon Allen started in the Bengals 19-17 loss against the New York Giants on Sunday. Allen was more efficient than Finley in the loss to Washington. Finley was 3-10 for 30 yards with an interception against Washington. Allen was 17-29 for 136 yards, one TD and one interception.
The Bengals are expected to start Allen again on Sunday at Miami. The injury to Burrow was on his left plant knee. Expectations one day after surgery are too soon to project his return for 2021. The nine to 12-month timetable is a big difference in relation to the 2021 season. Getting more help at QB for 2021 is critical.