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Bengals star Joe Burrow ‘all systems go’ for Week 1 vs. Vikings

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Cincinnati Bengals quarterback Joe Burrow is “all systems go” for Week 1 of the 2021 NFL season against the Minnesota Vikings, according to ESPN’s Adam Schefter.

Dr. Neal ElAttrache relayed the info to Schefter:

“He’s on track for full go for start of the season,” ElAttrache, who operated on Burrow in December, wrote in a text. “He’s doing all the work. He’s worked his tail off and been an amazingly mature participant in his recovery. He’s focused and great to work with.”

Burrow tore his left ACL and MCL last season in November and then underwent surgery in December, cutting short his rookie campaign after he was the No. 1 pick in the 2020 NFL Draft. The youngster completed 65.3% of his passes for 2,688 yards, 13 touchdowns and five interceptions in 10 games before the injury.

Joe Burrow could miss most or all of the preseason with the injury based on his timetable, but it’s looking good for him to be out there at the start of the regular season. ElAttrache says the 24-year-old Bengals star is crushing his rehab:

“We are very happy with his recovery to say the least,” ElAttrache said. “Notwithstanding the nature of his injury and extent of his reconstruction, his knee is performing perfectly.

“We just had him tested out here with a high-tech video and biomechanical evaluation and he was ahead of where we anticipated and well into the return to performance phase of his recovery. With him already performing this way, it’s ‘all systems go’ for the start of the season.”

Burrow went just 2-7-1 in his 10 starts as the Bengals finished the season with a 4-11-1 record. This gave them the No. 5 pick in the 2021 NFL Draft, which they used on stud wide receiver Ja’Marr Chase, who was Burrow’s teammate at LSU.

With Joe Burrow set to be back in the fold, Cincinnati is expecting major improvement in Year 2.