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Bengals News (11/24): Piece of puzzle

Quinton Spain should be a player the Bengals have plans on keeping for the foreseeable future with what he has shown these past few weeks.

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Bengals Notebook: Joe Burrow placed on Reserve/Injured List, Quinton Spain lifts the offensive line
The club is being cautious to confirm reports that Burrow tore the ACL and MCL in his left knee Sunday in Washington. Or predicting when he'll be ready. Head coach Zac Taylor wouldn't say when he would return in 2021, only that he would and at this point that's all anybody knows.

Bengals quarterback Joe Burrow placed on the Reserve/Injured List
Placed QB Joe Burrow on the Reserve/Injured list. Burrow, the No. 1 overall pick of this year's NFL Draft out of Louisiana State University, suffered a left knee injury in team's game at Washington on Sunday. The injury will require surgery and rehabilitation, though 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 of 404 passes for 2688 yards, 13 TDs and five INTs (89.8 passer rating). He also had rushed 37 times for 142 yards and another three TDs.

Bengals wide receiver Tyler Boyd believes Joe Burrow will get Cincinnati to a Super Bowl
"He's a true leader and he's a guy I know that's going to get us to a Super Bowl," Boyd said in Media Zoom. "It was tough, especially to lose our quarterback, our leader. Just seeing the play and actually seeing how it happened, kind of felt sorry for him because I know how much he wants to win. I know how much he dedicates himself to this game.

Bengals Booth Podcast: Radio replays, postgame comments after Week 11 versus the Washington Football Team
It's the "Bad Moon Rising" edition of the Bengals Booth Podcast as Cincinnati loses Joe Burrow for the rest of the year after Week 11 at Washington. With radio replays, postgame comments and analysis from Dave Lapham. Plus, "Fun Facts" with defensive tackle Xavier Williams.

Torn ACL, MCL, plus more knee damage for Cincinnati Bengals QB Joe Burrow, sources say
An MRI showed Burrow tore his ACL and MCL and suffered other structural issues, sources said. Bengals coach Zac Taylor would not confirm the extent of the knee damage but said that Burrow will be out for the remainder of the 2020 season.

Details on Joe Burrow's Injury, Zac Taylor's Future and the State of the Cincinnati Bengals
Jake Liscow and I discuss new details about Joe Burrow's season-ending knee injury, plus we talk about Zac Taylor's future and the current state of the Bengals.

2021 NFL Draft order: Bengals vault into top five; Giants No. 6
Zac Taylor can stick up for his O-line all he wants. The fact is Joe Burrow was pressured at the third-highest rate (30.7%) in the NFL among QBs with 250 or more pass attempts, according to Next Gen Stats. He deserves better protection when he returns from injury next year.

Giants’ Xavier McKinney, Oshane Ximines have chance to play vs. Bengals
As the New York Giants head into their Week 12 matchup against the Cincinnati Bengals, there are mounting reasons for fans to be excited. The Giants are certainly in the hunt for the NFC East title and are favorites in a game for just the second time this season.

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What we learned from Rams' win over Buccaneers on Monday night
Featuring two of the top defenses in the NFL and two of the top teams in the NFC, Monday night saw the Los Angeles Rams and Tampa Bay Buccaneers go back and forth. Trailing by three points with just more than two minutes to play, Tom Brady took over only for Jordan Fuller's second interception to seal it, the Rams defense fittingly securing a 27-24 win over the Bucs.

Tom Brady's INT caps another flat Bucs prime-time performance in loss vs. Rams
For a team with big-time aspirations, the challenge of overcoming some of the NFC's better teams, particularly on the regular season's biggest stages, continues to be an Achilles heel. Against the Rams, Tampa had a shot at altering that narrative. An errant Brady pass on the Bucs' final drive, combined with several other miscues, ultimately sealed their fate in a brutal 27-24 loss.

Debrief: Future free agents who stand to make bank with 2020 play
Money is the best, especially when employers give you a bunch of it. With that in mind, I wanted to look at which players have a lot of money on the line down the stretch this season, and which upcoming free agents have already boosted their future earnings:

Joe Judge: Marc Colombo firing made 'in the best interest of the New York Giants'
Last week, the Giants head coach terminated the employment of offensive line coach Marc Colombo, a former NFL lineman who'd made a bit of a name for himself as an assistant in Dallas under Jason Garrett. Colombo followed Garrett to New York to serve on Judge's staff this season, but didn't make it to the end of the campaign, being shown the door after his bunch struggled to show improvement in the first half of the season. There was also the addition of consultant Dave DeGuglielmo, who became Colombo's replacement after a week in a decision that drew a negative reaction from Colombo and led to his dismissal, per NFL Network's Mike Garafolo.