Following Saturday’s practice, head coach Zac Taylor announced Burrow is questionable to play Monday night when the Bengals host the Rams in a Super Bowl LVI rematch.
Burrow practiced Saturday and was reportedly even taking snaps in red-zone work.
The Bengals have since announced their final injury report, which has Burrow questionable after going limited on Saturday. That means he went limited for two straight days after Thursday’s DNP.
Burrow, with sleeve on right calf, was making all the throws in red zone drills in the media portion of practice.— Mike Petraglia (@Trags) September 23, 2023
Joe Burrow is out here at Saturday Bengals practice running and doing full warmup with high energy.— Mike Petraglia (@Trags) September 23, 2023
If Burrow can’t start, Taylor said it’s doubtful the veteran would be active as an emergency QB.
For what it’s worth, the Bengals just signed another practice squad QB in AJ McCarron. Reid Sinnett was also added to the practice squad this week.
If Burrow can’t go, one of Sinnett/McCarron will be a gameday call-up to be the backup behind starter Jake Browning.
One last note: The Bengals vs. Rams spread opened at Cincinnati -6.5 and quickly dropped to 2.5. As of Saturday afternoon, the spread is Cincinnati -3. If Burrow ends up being out, that line would definitely be lower, I’d guess to more of a pick ‘em or even the Rams being slight favorites.
As for the rest of the injury report, tight end Irv Smith is doubtful to play with a hamstring injury.
Oddly, linebacker Akeem Davis-Gaither doesn’t have a game designation after getting a DNP Saturday following Friday’s limited session.
For the Rams, rookie sensation Puka Nacua is questionable to play due to his lingering oblique injury. No one else has an injury designation, so the Rams could have their entire roster able to go on Monday.