The Cincinnati Bengals started the 2023 NFL season at 0-2 after losses to their division rival Cleveland Browns and Baltimore Ravens.
The Bengals were in the same situation last year, but Joe Burrow’s health is cause for concern for their poor start this year.
Though he has played in Weeks 1 and 2, he is still recovering from the calf injury he suffered during the offseason.
It wouldn’t hurt for the Bengals to have Burrow sidelined to speed up his recovery.
Bengals head coach Zac Taylor shared his thoughts on his quarterback’s health moving forward.
“The number one thing is Joe’s health and making sure he’s healthy in the short term and the long term. So, that’s the focus point of any decision we’re making on forward and talking to him and seeing how he feels, we’ll get to go where we need to go to,” Taylor shared with Rich Eisen during an interview in the latter’s eponymous show.
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— Rich Eisen Show (@RichEisenShow) September 20, 2023
Burrow recovered enough to play in their season opener against the Browns, but he played poorly in that match, finishing with only 82 passing yards.
FS1’s Nick Wright suggested that having Burrow sit out their games from Weeks 3 to 7 would help him return to full health.
During that stretch, the Bengals could still fight for playoff contention if they go 2-4 before their bye week and with a healthy Burrow coming back.
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