Things could get worse for the Cincinnati Bengals after reports came out Friday the NFL will look into the suspicious nature of Joe Burrow’s injury Thursday night. Burrow was ruled out of the game following a right wrist injury he allegedly sustained in the first half against the Baltimore Ravens.
Head coach Zac Taylor said he believes Burrow has a sprained wrist. The Bengals’ postseason chances are in jeopardy if Burrow cannot return to get the 5-5 Bengals back in the tight AFC North playoff hunt. Now, it appears they could lose out on helpful draft capital in relation to Burrow’s injury.
The Cincinnati Bengals could lose a draft pick
According to Adam Schefter with ESPN, the NFL is investigating if the Bengals should have disclosed Burrow on their Week 11 injury report before Thursday night’s game. Fans saw multiple images of Burrow wearing what appears to be a device on his right wrist.
Schefter wrote the Bengals could be subject to a fine or could lose a draft pick based on the NFL’s findings:
“The NFL is investigating why the Bengals did not list QB Joe Burrow on their injury report when the team posted a picture of him wearing a device on his wrist Wednesday night and he appeared to be hampered by the injury early in the Thursday night game that he later left, the league confirmed today.
The initial picture of Burrow wearing a device that looked like a soft cast on his thumb was posted by the Bengals, only to be deleted later. The NFL routinely looks into matters of compliance with the Injury Report policy, and will do so in this instance as well. Teams can be fined or even potentially lose a draft pick.”
The NFL is investigating why the Bengals did not list QB Joe Burrow on their injury report when the team posted a picture of him wearing a device on his wrist Wednesday night and he appeared to be hampered by the injury early in the Thursday night game that he later left, the… pic.twitter.com/xba8URiWri
— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) November 17, 2023
The NFL looked into the Atlanta Falcons earlier this season when running back Bijan Robinson claimed to leave a game because of a headache he battled prior to the game. No significant ruling came out of that investigation.
The NFL has to get teams to comply with their injury report policies in the new sports betting era. It doesn’t make the league look good when bettors place money on the Bengals or Burrow, believing he’s healthy, only for the game to drastically change when he’s pulled off the field.
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