Joe Burrow Cincinnati Bengals quarterback Joe Burrow (9) adjust his helmet after scoring a touchdown on a quarterback sneak in the third quarter during an NFL wild-card playoff football game between the Baltimore Ravens and the Cincinnati Bengals, Sunday, Jan. 15, 2023, at Paycor Stadium in Cincinnati. Baltimore Ravens At Cincinnati Bengals Afc Wild Card Jan 15 202

Last week, Cincinnati Bengals star wide receiver Ja’Marr Chase made it very clear that he did not want star quarterback Joe Burrow to play in Monday night’s game against the Los Angeles Rams and risk re-injuring his calf. But Burrow did play and led the Bengals to victory. And Chase had some strong words about his quarterback’s toughness.

Even though Ja’Marr Chase didn’t want Burrow to play on Monday night, he made it clear that he admired his quarterback’s toughness.

“I told him again after the game, ‘You got bleeps. I don’t want you to play.’ That just shows Joe is hardheaded, but he’s a football player, man,” Chase said according to Geoff Hobson of the Cincinnati Bengals team website. “You can’t knock him being tough like that. There aren’t too many quarterbacks tough like that.”

Since he’s been playing through his injury, he clearly hasn’t looked quite as dominant as he looks when he’s healthy. But Chase thinks Burrow proved himself by willing the team to victory even though he wasn’t 100 percent on Monday.

“I think this is him,” Chase said. “He just proved it tonight playing hurt, too. He’s Joe Cool, Joe Brrr. Whatever you want. He’s that guy.”

[Cincinnati Bengals]