Joe Burrow Opens Up on Injury Woes Ahead of 2021 NFL Return

Published 05/03/2021, 2:51 PM EDT
Oct 4, 2020; Cincinnati, Ohio, USA; Cincinnati Bengals quarterback Joe Burrow (9) reacts after the Bengals defeated the Jacksonville Jaguars at Paul Brown Stadium. Mandatory Credit: David Kohl-USA TODAY Sports


Joe Burrow entered the NFL on the back of a CFP National Championship run with Louisiana State University. The quarterback finished his college football career with 8,852 passing yards and 78 passing TDs against just 11 interceptions. He also played 10 games in 3 years for the Ohio State Buckeyes.

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AFC North franchise Cincinnati Bengals did not think twice before selecting Joe Burrow as the 1st overall pick in the 2020 NFL Draft.

The Iowa-born quarterback made a bright start to his NFL career with a spirited display against the Los Angeles Chargers during Week 1. He had to wait until Week 4 for his first NFL win which came against the struggling Jacksonville Jaguars.

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Nov 22, 2020; Landover, Maryland, USA; Cincinnati Bengals quarterback Joe Burrow (9) is carted off the field after injuring his left knee against the Washington Football Team in the third quarter at FedExField. Mandatory Credit: Geoff Burke-USA TODAY Sports

Burrow’s debut season came to a halt in Week 11 as he suffered multiple injuries in the 9-20 loss to Washington Football Team. The 24-year-old is expected to make a return later this year for the Bengals.

But here is what Joe ‘Shotgun’ Burrow had to say about his injury struggle.

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Former LSU man Joe Burrow was immediately placed on the injured reserve list following the Week 11 incident. Burrow tore the ACL and MCL in his left knee among other damage to his PCL and meniscus. He underwent surgery and is scheduled to be fit and raring to go somewhere during Week 3-4 of the coming season.

The Heisman Trophy winner featured on a recent segment of Fanatics and was asked to comment on his nightmarish injury ordeal that began in November.

“It gets tough at times. You know, everyone has goals ahead of them that they want to reach. So just keep following those goals and putting one foot in front of the other every single day,” Burrow said on the show.

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Joe Burrow will link up with former LSU teammate and star college wide receiver, Ja’Marr Chase, this season. The 2019 Fred Biletnikoff Award winner was selected as the 5th overall pick in the recently concluded 2021 NFL Draft.

Despite opting out of the 2020 college football season, Chase was the first wide receiver to be picked from the Class of 2021. He will hope to rekindle his strong bond with Burrow as the Bengals set their sights on the Playoffs.

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