The Cincinnati Bengals made franchise-changing moves last offseason. While the adding of DJ Reader and Vonn Bell among other stars was important, the main headlines were on the No. 1 overall draft pick, Joe Burrow.
Burrow was an absolute stud in his rookie season. Despite a 2-7-1 record, Burrow had five games of at least 300 yards.
After getting settled into the offense and pace of the league, Burrow started to thrive, recording two three-touchdown games. In performances which he played the entire game, Burrow’s team last by more than one score just once.
Sadly, in Week 10, Burrow went down after another hit from a brutal Washington defensive line. This time, he didn’t get back up without help. Burrow tore his ACL, among other damage done to his knee on the hit.
There’s still no telling whether the Bengals will get their star quarterback healthy in time for next season. Most athletes can return to full strength, but the rehab process could be as long as nine or ten months.
Burrow’s may be less if he continues at this pace. He’s already posted a video of him up and walking following a success surgery which must have helped calm every Bengals fan down a bit.
That said, he’s expected to be back in the Queen City sooner rather than later.
“As for the most scrutinized rehab, quarterback Joe Burrow is expected next week at Paul Brown Stadium to continue the work on reconstructed knee,” Bengals.com’s Geoff Hobson wrote.
It’s a positive that he’s back in Cincinnati, and hopefully, being in a familiar place will help his rehab progress even quicker.
That said, it should also be noted that rushing him back would be the worst possible scenario. The Bengals need to handle this situation with care as their future quite literally will depend on it.