As the Cincinnati Bengals offense took the field for their first drive in Sunday’s game against the Miami Dolphins, leading the charge at QB was Joe Burrow.
The Bengals signal-caller returned to action for the first time since he tore his ACL and MCL in Week 11 of the 2020 season against Washington. In what was a highly-anticipated return, fans made sure they showed him how much he’s been missed with a standing ovation in Paul Brown Stadium.
A standing O for Burrow. @joeyb | @Bengals— NFL (@NFL) August 29, 2021
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In only three snaps, Taylor didn’t get too risky with Burrow. Fans got the chance to see two hand-offs and one pass, which ended up being a drop on a bubble screen by rookie receiver Ja’Marr Chase.
With Burrow’s return today, the rehab journey is complete following his injury on November 22nd of last year.
For much of the offseason, it was known that his recovery was ahead of schedule, despite this being one of the hardest injuries to come back from. Up until the start of training camp when he received full clearance, the questions remained about when Burrow would make his return for his second season.
After receiving clearance, those questions turned to if he would play any this preseason. After receiving several “no’s,” the coaching staff and the front office decided to let their star player get a quick run this afternoon.
Now with a full training camp and some preseason snaps behind him, Burrow will indeed be the starting QB on September 12th as the Minnesota Vikings come to town for week 1 of the 2021 season.