No one quite knows when Joe Burrow will be fully recovered from his torn ACL. The soon-to-be 24-year old has yet to undergo surgery on his injured left knee, but the Bengals are still finding ways to be impressed by their young quarterback.
Tight end C.J. Uzomah, who is in the midst of his own recovery path, was interviewed for the latest Bengals Booth Podcast and shared his initial impressions of how his quarterback is managing the beginning of his recovery.
“He was asking a bunch of questions about like, ‘Hey, can I do this? Hey can I do this? If I try to flex this right now, is that OK?’ And the trainer Nick (Cosgray) was like, ‘Yes, does that not hurt?’ And he (Burrow) was like ‘no, it feels a lot better already today.’ And I was doing the rest of my rehab and finishing up and Nick came to help me out and he was like ‘That guy’s a beast. That’s insane. His pain tolerance has to be ridiculous for that.’”
Here’s where you insert a pain tolerance joke about playing behind the Bengals’ offensive line.
For real, though. Burrow took a lot of hits this season and managed to get up after each and every one until he physically couldn’t. His toughness has never been even remotely a question.
It is reassuring to hear Burrow feels fine less than a week since he left Fedex Field on a stretcher with the inside of his left knee swollen and torn up. Maybe it bodes well for the over 98% of his rehab process.