The Cincinnati Bengals are remaining optimistic on the Joe Burrow front ahead of their season opener against the Cleveland Browns on Sunday. It was just last week that the Pro Bowl quarterback was able to return to practice after suffering a calf injury during the very first day of camp. It was a painful sight to see for Cincinnati fans everywhere, which is why the supporters are now feeling good about the fact that their star appears to be trending in the right direction.
Cincinnati Bengals HC Zac Taylor ‘Encouraged’ by Joe Burrow’s Practice Session
Cincinnati head coach Zac Taylor provided some feedback on Burrow’s status after Monday’s practice session. The 40-year-old shot-caller liked what he saw from his quarterback in practice, which has allowed Taylor to remain optimistic about Burrow’s chances for Week 1:
“Today was a really good day for him. It was encouraging to see,” Taylor said, via Paul Dehner Jr. of The Athletic.
Taylor did provide a caveat by saying that the team is “continuing to take it day to day right now.” He also refused to commit to Burrow’s availability for Sunday’s bout. However, with the Browns game just a few days away, we should soon get a more definitive update on the former LSU standout’s injury status against Cleveland.
Cincinnati Bengals Have ‘Good Plan in Place’ for Joe Burrow
Upon his return to practice last week, the Bengals confirmed that they are working under the assumption that their cornerstone QB will be ready for their first game of the season. Offensive coordinator Brian Callahan revealed that the team has a “plan in place” for Joe Burrow:
“I think he’s in a good place and we got a good plan in place for him to get ready for Week 1,” Callahan said, via Ben Baby of ESPN.
“… We’re just trying to be smart about when and where those things occur until he is fully good to go.”
It is worth noting, though, that the team has remained non-committal throughout this entire injury saga. You have to say that this isn’t at all surprising considering how important Burrow is to this organization. They won’t be forcing the issue here, so it would not be a complete shock if they opt to err on the side of caution and let their superstar quarterback sit out against the Browns.