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Bengals QB Joe Burrow confirmed to have torn ACL after brutal tackle

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The Cincinnati Bengals received some bad news on Sunday: 2020 top overall draft pick and rookie quarterback Joe Burrow has a torn ACL.

Burrow suffered the injury in the third quarter of the Bengals 20-9 loss to the Washington Football Team. On a third-and-short play, Burrow was hit by two Washington defenders and had to be carted off the field.

 

While an MRI will be needed to determine the severity of the injury, the setback almost certainly ends Joe Burrow’s rookie campaign for the Bengals.

If it is indeed the end for Burrow’s 2020 campaign, he would finish with 2,485 passing yards and 12 touchdowns. Before leaving the game, Burrow had 203 passing yards and a touchdown.

Up to this point, Burrow has been considered a favorite for the Rookie of the Year award. And even if his season ends, he will still be in the running.

Cincinnati will be forced to move on without Burrow with a 2-7-1 record. Ryan Finley, who filled in for the rookie QB following the injury, will be the Bengals’ starting quarterback for the time being. Finley is in his second year in the NFL after being drafted by the team in the fourth round of the 2019 NFL Draft.

The Bengals are currently in line to get the fifth overall draft pick in the 2021 draft, with the tie hurting the franchise in terms of their draft position. While Cincinnati looked like a team on the rise with Burrow, they will certainly need more pieces around him if they hope to become a playoff contender.

Bengals fans are hoping for a speedy recovery for their rookie franchise quarterback.