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Bengals QB Joe Burrow expected to be ready for 2021 season despite suffering significant knee injury

Bengals, Joe Burrow

Joe Burrow’s season with the Cincinnati Bengals came to an end on Sunday after he suffered a devastating knee injury.

Burrow sustained a torn ACL and MCL in addition to other structural issues. Adam Schefter of ESPN noted knee injuries like this usually take somewhere between 9-to-12 months to recover, which could place Burrow in danger of possibly missing a good chunk of the 2021 campaign.

However, Bengals head coach Zac Taylor said Monday he expects Burrow to be ready for the start of the 2021 season, per ESPN’s Ben Baby.

It was a bitter end to an otherwise strong rookie campaign for the former LSU star.

Joe Burrow finished the season with a 65.3 completion rate, throwing for 2,688 yards and 13 touchdowns against five interceptions. He was also asked to shoulder the load for a very underwhelming Bengals offense.

The 23-year-old led the NFL in both completions and attempts through Sunday, though he averaged just 6.7 yards gained per pass attempt on the season.

Burrow faced as much physical pressure as any other quarterback in the league. He was sacked 32 times and hit a whole bunch more, especially early in the season. The Bengals’ lack of a rushing attack also forced Burrow to make more plays on his own.

Nevertheless, Burrow established a strong rapport with wideouts like Tyler Boyd and fellow rookie Tee Higgins, and even displayed some decent ability to escape in the pocket.

Bengals fans will not be pleased with the team’s final mark. However, they should be encouraged by what Burrow displayed–and hope he can return even stronger.