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Bengals put Joe Burrow on IR, sign Brandon Allen and Quinton Spain off practice squad

Allen figures to push for the starting QB job if Ryan Finley continues to struggle.

Cincinnati Bengals Training Camp Photo by Joe Robbins/Getty Images

The Cincinnati Bengals have officially placed QB Joe Burrow on injured reserve. He reportedly tore his ACL and MCL during Sunday’s loss to Washington.

In addition, the Bengals have signed guard Quinton Sprain and QB Brandon Allen off the practice squad.

Burrow, the No. 1 overall pick of this year’s NFL Draft out of LSU, was having a memorable rookie season before going down in Game 10. The team’s medical professionals expect him to fully recover and be back to lead the team next season.

Burrow had started all of the team’s 10 games this season and completed 264/404 passes for 2,688 yards, 13 touchdowns and five interceptions (89.8 passer rating). He also rushed 37 times for 142 yards and three scores. He finishes the season with a 75.1 Pro Football Focus grade.

Spain (6-4, 330), a sixth-year player out West Virginia, was a college free agent signee of the Tennessee Titans in 2015. He signed to the Bengals’ practice squad on Oct. 30 and has played in all three games (two starts) for Cincinnati since. He has played in 73 career games (68 starts) for the Titans, Bills and Bengals.

Allen (6-2, 209), a fourth-year player out of Arkansas, was a sixth-round pick of the Jacksonville Jaguars in 2016, then later spent time with the Los Angeles Rams (with Zac Taylor) and Denver Broncos. He spent the first 10 games of this season on Cincinnati’s practice squad after joining the team as a free agent on Aug. 1. He has played in three career games (all with Denver in 2019), and completed 39/84 passes for 515 yards, three scores and two interceptions.

As poor as current starter Ryan Finley has played thus far into his NFL career, don’t be surprised if Allen gets the starting nod before the 2020 season ends.

The Bengals now have two more vacant spots on the practice squad to fill.