Joe Burrow is feeling “pretty good” about finger injury, chances playing in Week 14
Cincinnati Bengals quarterback Joe Burrow gave an update on his finger injury in a presser on Wednesday.
He said he was feeling “pretty good” about the injury despite not throwing a ball since the game on Sunday.
The Bengals lost to the Chargers in Week 13, and Burrow threw for 300 yards but also recorded two interceptions. The star QB hurt his pinky (on his throwing hand) in the second quarter when his finger made contact with a defender’s arm.
Burrow exited the game, tried wrapping his finger, and continued playing for the rest of the game.
In Wednesday’s press conference, Burrow claimed his pinky was getting better every day, though he did mention he might have to grip the ball a little harder than normal.
"“I’m gonna try some things this week in practice to see what works best. We’ll see. I don’t really have all the answers yet.”"
Throughout the presser, Burrow was very certain he was going to play in Week 14 and didn’t think the injury would cause him to sit out.
Cincinnati Bengals QB Joe Burrow addresses finger injury ahead of Week 14
Burrow also made some comments on the mentality of the Bengals team moving into the final stretch of the season. The 7-5 Bengals have so far earned a Wild Card playoff spot, but they have a chance to top the AFC North — as well as a chance to miss the postseason altogether.
Following Sunday’s loss, Burrow said that regardless of the outcome, he and the Bengals maintain a competitive spirit and desire to get better.
"“You try to get to a point where you treat every week the same. Treat the mistakes like they’re mistakes whether you win or lose.”"
Burrow specifically reflected on his slew of interceptions in recent weeks.
"“It’s been something I’ve been disappointed in this year. Obviously there’s been some that you can’t control, but the ones I can control, I need to limit."
He’s thrown five picks in Cincinnati’s last four games and knows the pressure is on him to play a cleaner game against the San Francisco 49ers in Week 14.
Burrow said he had studied San Francisco’s 1st and 2nd-down defense, but their 3rd down defense presents some challenges in terms of “understanding their packages.”
The Cincinnati Bengals will no doubt need Joe Burrow’s strong quarterback play to reach the postseason and will monitor his injury as the week progresses.