The Cincinnati Bengals had a scary moment with Joe Burrow in practice.
Burrow having ‘just’ a calf injury is a major relief, considering how delicate non-contact injuries are and the fact that he has already endured a major injury in his young career.
With that in mind, Stephen A. Smith of ESPN believes that there’s no way that Burrow should get back on the field during training camp, citing that he’s skilled enough to be able to get up to speed for the season right away.
Burrow has talked about getting reps and getting better through practice, but Smith believes the Bengals need to protect their asset.
Likewise, the often-controversial pundit adds that Burrow shouldn’t even consider getting back on that field until he gets a new deal.
Truth be told, a season-ending injury could’ve had massive implications in his upcoming deal.
He’s next in line to get a big payday, and judging by what Justin Herbert just got, we should expect Burrow to reset the quarterback market again.
Burrow has already established himself as an elite quarterback in the game, sitting just one tier below Patrick Mahomes — who stands on a tier of his own.
The Bengals need to do right by their quarterback, and there has never been any kind of doubt about the team’s desire to do right by him.
But this is a ruthless business and Burrow should consider looking out for his own interests first and foremost.NEXT: Victor Cruz Says Bengals Should Make 1 Decision To Protect Joe Burrow