Joe Burrow dealing with a pinky injury during Chargers game

Joe Burrow, Cincinnati Bengals (Photo by Dylan Buell/Getty Images)
Joe Burrow, Cincinnati Bengals (Photo by Dylan Buell/Getty Images) /

Any injury-related news is bad but when it’s surrounding Joe Burrow, that’s the worst-case scenario for the Cincinnati Bengals.

As the Bengals are battling the Chargers in a key AFC matchup with massive playoff implications, Burrow’s right pinky finger was bending in a way that it shouldn’t have been bending. The broadcast showed Burrow throwing the ball on the sideline and looking like he was in an immense amount of pain when the ball came out of his hand.

Yet, after Chidobe Awuzie picked off Justin Herbert to give Cincinnati the ball back with about a minute and some change remaining before halftime, Burrow took the field. There wasn’t much doubt that he would as we’ve seen Joey Franchise display toughness week after week.

The half ended with the Bengals failing to get points on the board despite getting the ball to midfield. Evidently, Zac Taylor avoided Burrow spiking the ball because he didn’t want to further damage his quarterback’s finger.

Joe Burrow injured his pinky finger on throwing hand

We don’t have much information on this particular injury yet but we’ll continue to keep you all updated as we know more.

With Burrow taking the field for that final drive in the first half, however, it’s possible he continues to tough it out. This is a key game that has massive playoff implications but it’s not worth injuring Burrow’s finger for the rest of the season.

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Again, we’ll continue to update you all as we learn more about Burrow’s injury and what it could mean for the Bengals.

UPDATE: Joe Burrow is warming up on the field to start the second half.

UPDATE #2: Burrow is in the game but his pinky is swollen.