Joe Burrow will make his long-awaited return to live game action Sunday against the Miami Dolphins.
On Wednesday, Cincinnati Bengals head coach Zac Taylor announced Burrow will play in the preseason finale, which takes place in front of what should be one of the bigger preseason crowds PBS has seen in recent memory.
Starting center Trey Hopkins will also make his 2021 debut.
Zac says he’s looking to get Joe some snaps in the huddle in a 4 pm game: “Very limited, but checks boxes.”. Trey Hopkins also starts. Zac has idea of number of snaps for Joe but won’t say.— Geoff Hobson (@GeoffHobsonCin) August 25, 2021
Burrow is still working his way back from a torn ACL suffered in November of his rookie season, though he’s been a full-go in training camp thus far. He didn’t appear in the first two preseason games as the team rightfully chose to be extra cautious while the offensive line gets worked out. The same is true with Hopkins and his recovery from an ACL tear.
Between not having a preseason last year and COVID-19 making it hard for any Bengals fan to attend a game the entire season, I’d be willing to bet Sunday is going to feature a very large PBS crowd that roars with excitement when Burrow is introduced to the starting lineup.