The status for Joe Burrow to begin the 2021 season for the Cincinnati Bengals is up in the air due to tearing his ACL in Week 11 of the 2020 season. Despite the long road to recovery, Burrow revealed that he's already ahead of schedule in his recovery process, per ESPN's Ben Baby.

Back on November 22 against the Washington Football Team, Joe Burrow suffered a torn ACL, along with other structural damage, which unfortunately cut his rookie campaign short. Before sustaining his season-ending knee injury, Burrow was on pace for a historically good rookie season with 2,688 passing yards, 13 touchdowns, and five interceptions. He also had 142 rushing yards and three rushing touchdowns on the ground.

When Joe Burrow underwent surgery on his injured knee, he was given a timetable of nine-to-12 months to return to the field. Barring any setbacks in his recovery, nine months would put Burrow on track to be back with the Bengals as soon as August.

However, the first-year quarterback already said that he doubts he'll be ready to play in the preseason, which begins in August. In light of that, Joe Burrow has his sights on starting for Cincinnati in Week 1 when the Bengals will likely be playing on September 12.

Shortly after Burrow's awful season-ending injury, there were reports that Joe Burrow could miss the beginning of the 2021 season or even his entire second season due to the extent of the injury. But with Burrow working tirelessly to get his knee back to one-hundred percent in the coming months, he believes he'll be back on the field for Cincinnati's first game next season.

The Bengals could not be fully evaluated in 2020 given the midseason injury to their franchise quarterback. Coach Zac Taylor will be back for the 2021 season. If he and Joe Burrow are able to work together for 16 full games, the organization will have a much better idea of whether Taylor is the right leader for the team in 2022 and beyond.