The biggest question this whole offseason has been if Joe Burrow would be ready by the first week of the 2021 season. All the recent buzz has suggested he would be, but it doesn’t sound like we’ll see him in the preseason.
According to president Mike Brown, the Bengals will probably hold Burrow out until the start of the season.
Bengals president Mike Brown said they "probably" won't put Joe Burrow out there until the start of the season as to not risk anything with him.— Ben Baby (@Ben_Baby) July 26, 2021
Zac Taylor also mentioned in his press conference that Burrow has been “cleared to do everything,” and that he’s ready to go as training camp begins this week.
Charlie Goldsmith of The Cincinnati Enquirer also had got this quote from Taylor: “It’s just on us to be wise going forward.”
After a brutal knee injury to end a promising first season, Burrow has been able to do some different workouts around the facilities throughout the offseason, but he hadn’t been cleared to resume full team activities. Getting that clearance now is huge with the season quickly approaching.
Expectations are through the roof for the offense this season, and for good reasons. After drafting Ja’Marr Chase to pair alongside Tee Higgins and Tyler Boyd, getting Burrow out there in full capacity is only going to help the chemistry as the teams takes the field on September 12th vs. the Minnesota Vikings.
Things are starting to shape up for the Bengals to potentially make some noise in the AFC North in the coming years, and a healthy Joe Burrow is going to be a big factor in that actually coming to fruition.