The Cincinnati Bengals were delivered a massive blow on Friday.
Less than 24 hours after Joe Burrow left Thursday’s 34-20 loss to the Ravens with a wrist injury, the star quarterback has now been ruled out for the season. The Atheltic’s Paul Dehner Jr. reported on Friday afternoon that Burrow will be out for the season due to the right wrist injury he suffered on Thursday night in Baltimore.
BREAKING: #Bengals QB Joe Burrow will be out for the season due to the right wrist injury suffered on Thursday night in Baltimore, per team source.
Torn a ligament and likely to require surgery.
Jake Browning takes over at QB.
— Paul Dehner Jr. (@pauldehnerjr) November 17, 2023
According to Dehner, the MRI that Burrow underwent revealed a torn ligament and is likely to require surgery.
Jake Browning, who took over for Burrow in Thursday night’s loss will take over at quarterback. The 27-year-old of Washington completed 8-of-14 passes for 68 yards with a touchdown in the 14-point loss. Now, as the 5-5 Bengals look to keep their season alive, they’ll turn to a quarterback who’s never started an NFL game before.
“The season is far from over,” Bengals head coach Zac Taylor said, via NFL Network insider Ian Rapoport.
But many across the NFL world don’t believe that to be the case. Reactions poured in on social media as one of the game’s top quarterbacks was dealt a brutal blow.
— Marc Finch (@Chops971) November 17, 2023
This sucks for the Bengals, for Burrow, for the Chiefs and any fan of the NFL. We’re all being robbed of watching a great QB play in what would still likely be meaningful games. https://t.co/PBlJP9MbmL
— Krown City King (@KrownCityKing) November 17, 2023
That’s six starting QBs who’ve had season-ending injuries:
• #Bengals’ Joe Burrow (wrist)
• #Browns’ Deshaun Watson (shoulder)
• #Colts’ Anthony Richardson (shoulder)
• #Giants’ Daniel Jones (ACL)
• #Jets’ Aaron Rodgers (Achilles)
• #Vikings’ Kirk Cousins (Achilles) https://t.co/1xfJa5E9n5
— James Boyd (@RomeovilleKid) November 17, 2023
— Bengalorian (@thebengalorian) November 17, 2023
It’s Joever 😔
10 months until the 2024 season gets underway! https://t.co/p3AbvnsBRm
— Ryan Gallenstein (@RyanGallenstein) November 17, 2023
Damn just a “it’s not your year” campaign in Cincinnati. Brutal. https://t.co/KXoDAdP3ZE
— Matt Harmon (@MattHarmon_BYB) November 17, 2023
Dang. Brutal year for QB injuries. Stinks. https://t.co/CxtScEvniG
— Geoff Schwartz (@geoffschwartz) November 17, 2023
This is why we can't have nice things. https://t.co/mzlGV4MSe3
— Stewart Mandel (@slmandel) November 17, 2023
It’s been a difficult season for Burrow, who suffered a right calf strain during training camp and was initially supposed to be sidelined for “several weeks.” Despite no clear timeline, Burrow didn’t miss a start — and while he was hampered by the injury earlier in the season, he was finally rounding back into form. In a Week 8 win over the San Francisco 49ers, Burrow completed 87.5% of his passes for 282 yards with three touchdowns and earned AFC Offensive Player of the Week honors for his performance in the 31-17 win.
Now, the Bengals will have to make do without the highest-paid player in NFL history.