Joe Burrow Injury Update: QB Ruled Out for Week 18 Fixture

Published 01/09/2022, 1:10 PM EST


Cincinnati Bengals have decided to rest star quarterback Joe Burrow for the season finale matchup. The Bengals will be playing their divisional rivals Cleveland Browns in the FirstEnergy Stadium. And as the team prepared to go on the road, quarterback Burrow remains back in Cincinnati for a week off.

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Since the franchise has already paved their path to the playoffs, the absence of the quarterback will have little to no impact on their position. However, along with Burrow other significant starters are also slated to be sidelined during the game.

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Burrow has had an MVP-worthy season this year. However, his last two games were the most impactful performances of his season. During those games Burrow combined to complete 78.8 percent of his passes for 971 yards, eight touchdowns, and no interceptions.

Cincinnati Bengals resting Joe Burrow ahead of playoffs

However, the Cincinnati Bengals are looking at the bigger picture. The Bengals want their starting team to commence the playoffs in their top forms. Furthermore, Joe Burrow has been sacked a total of 51 times this season, which is already the most in the league. And since he will be going against Myles Garrett, who has been a lethal sacking machine this season, it’s probably the best option for head coach Zac Taylor to rest the QB. Especially because he ended his Week 17 game limping.

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“I can certainly say for Joe that we’ll rest him this week and make sure that he’s 100 percent ready to go,” Taylor said during his Wednesday press conference. “I know he’s felt good and can play if needed, but I just made the decision that we’re going to rest him this week.”

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Furthermore, the Bengals could only make the No. 2 seed in a highly unlikely scenario and are most probable stuck with a No. 3 or No. 4 seed. There is not much at stake to risk the quarterback ahead of the playoffs. And so during his absence, backup QB Brandon Allen will be taking the reins of the offense in his hands.

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Sauvik Banerjee

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Sauvik Banerjee is currently an NFL writer at EssentiallySports. After completing his Bachelor’s degree in English and Economics from Lucknow University, Sauvik combined his love for NFL and passion for writing to work for team ES. Sauvik has functioned as a content marketing intern at Kyari Innovations and had a brief stint with Knocksense Lucknow.

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