Jan 2, 2022; Cincinnati, Ohio, USA; Cincinnati Bengals quarterback Joe Burrow (9) celebrates the win after the game against the Kansas City Chiefs at Paul Brown Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Joseph Maiorana-USA TODAY Sports

Bengals QB Joe Burrow to rest sore knee in season finale

Cincinnati Bengals quarterback Joe Burrow will sit out Sunday’s regular-season finale against the Cleveland Browns with a sore right knee but gave assurances he will be on the field when the playoffs begin later this month.

Burrow twisted his knee late in Sunday’s 34-31 victory over the Kansas City Chiefs as the Bengals clinched the AFC North title.

The second-year QB has been on fire of late. Burrow has combined for 971 yards passing over his last two games with eight touchdowns and no interceptions. He has 4,611 passing yards this season to shatter the Bengals’ franchise record.

When asked if his knee could keep him out of the playoffs, Burrow said, “that wouldn’t be a factor.”

“My knee is — I mean, it’s sore, but it’s not bad,” Burrow said. “I could play if I needed to.”

Veteran backup Brandon Allen, who is 2-6 as a starter with the Bengals and Denver Broncos, is expected to start.

The Bengals also will be without running back Joe Mixon, who tested positive for COVID-19, according to multiple reports.

Cincinnati placed five players on the reserve/COVID-19 list on Tuesday: safety Vonn Bell, linebacker Akeem Davis-Gaither, defensive end Trey Hendrickson, center Trey Hopkins and guard Quinton Spain.

Mixon ranks second in the NFL with a career-high 1,205 rushing yards and is fourth with 13 rushing touchdowns.

The Bengals have reached the playoffs for the first time since 2015. They haven’t won a playoff game since a 41-14 wild-card victory over the Houston Oilers in 1990.

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Nov 21, 2021; Paradise, Nevada, USA; Cincinnati Bengals quarterback Joe Burrow (9) and Brandon Allen (8) against the Las Vegas Raiders at Allegiant Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports

Bengals put backup QB Brandon Allen on COVID list

The Cincinnati Bengals are on high alert after placing backup quarterback Brandon Allen on the reserve/COVID-19 list Monday.

All eyes are now on starter Joe Burrow for the AFC North-leading Bengals.

The Bengals also put cornerback Darius Phillips on the COVID list. Phillips (shoulder) is on injured reserve.

The Bengals (9-6) control their own destiny with two games remaining — this week against the Kansas City Chiefs and Week 18 at Cleveland. The Bengals hold a one-game lead over Baltimore in the AFC North.

Allen, 29, has appeared in four games this season and has one touchdown pass. The Bengals carry just two QBs on the active roster. Jake Browning is on the practice squad.

Burrow is having a monster second season, completing an NFL-best 69.9 percent of his passes for 4,165 yards. He has 30 touchdowns against 14 interceptions, tied for the most in the league.

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Cincinnati Bengals quarterback Joe Burrow (9) reacts after throwing an interception in overtime of a Week 5 NFL football game against the Green Bay Packers, Sunday, Oct. 10, 2021, at Paul Brown Stadium in Cincinnati. The Green Bay Packers won, 25-22.

Green Bay Packers At Cincinnati Bengals Oct 10

Bengals QB Joe Burrow on ‘voice rest’ after throat injury

Cincinnati Bengals quarterback Joe Burrow is on “voice rest” this week after a throat injury that landed him in the hospital for a brief time after last week’s game.

Burrow is expected to play this week, he’s just not expected to talk much.

“Everything’s going good,” Bengals coach Zac Taylor said Wednesday. “We’re just limiting what he has to say and how he’s gotta use his voice through today.”

Burrow was a full participant in Wednesday’s practice but did not meet with the media.

Burrow went to a local hospital after Sunday’s 25-22 overtime loss to the Green Bay Packers to be evaluated for a throat contusion. He was having trouble speaking after the game.

Burrow, 24, was the No. 1 overall choice in the 2020 NFL Draft. He has passed for 1,269 yards with 11 TDs and six picks in five starts this season for the Bengals (3-2), who take on the winless Detroit Lions in Week 6.

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Oct 10, 2021; Cincinnati, Ohio, USA; Cincinnati Bengals guard Jackson Carman (79) runs onto the field prior to the game against the Green Bay Packers at Paul Brown Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Katie Stratman-USA TODAY Sports

Bengals put OL Jackson Carman, RB Samaje Perine on COVID list

The Cincinnati Bengals on Monday put rookie offensive lineman Jackson Carman and backup running back Samaje Perine on the reserve/COVID-19 list.

It’s unclear if the duo tested positive for the virus. It’s also unclear if they’re vaccinated. Players are not required to go on COVID reserve as close contacts if they’re vaccinated.

Carman has started the past three games at right guard in place of the injured Xavier Su’a-Filo. The 2021 second-round pick played 100 percent of the team’s offensive snaps in those games.

Perine played 61 percent of the offensive snaps in Sunday’s loss to the Green Bay Packers with starting RB Joe Mixon battling an ankle injury. Perine rushed 11 times for 59 yards and caught four passes for 24 yards — all season highs — and a touchdown in the 25-22 overtime defeat.

Starting quarterback Joe Burrow was released from the hospital Sunday night after suffering a potential throat contusion during the game. He was reportedly having trouble speaking after the game and did not talk to the media.

The Bengals also put linebacker Jordan Evans on injured reserve. The fifth-year player injured his left knee during Sunday’s game, reportedly suffering a torn ACL.

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Cincinnati Bengals quarterback Joe Burrow (9) throws in the first quarter of a Week 5 NFL football game against the Green Bay Packers, Sunday, Oct. 10, 2021, at Paul Brown Stadium in Cincinnati.

Green Bay Packers At Cincinnati Bengals Oct 10

Bengals QB Joe Burrow taken to hospital for throat injury

Cincinnati Bengals quarterback Joe Burrow went to a local hospital Sunday to be evaluated for a throat contusion.

Burrow took several big hits in a 25-22 overtime loss to the visiting Green Bay Packers, but it was not immediately clear when he was injured.

He was reportedly having trouble speaking after the game and did not talk to the media.

Burrow completed 26 of 38 passes for 281 yards with two touchdowns and two interceptions. He was sacked three times.

Burrow, 24, was the No. 1 overall choice in the 2020 NFL Draft. He has passed for 1,269 yards with 11 TDs and six picks in five starts this season for the Bengals (3-2).

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Aug 29, 2021; Cincinnati, Ohio, USA; Cincinnati Bengals quarterback Joe Burrow (9) stretches during warmups prior to the game against the Miami Dolphins at Paul Brown Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Katie Stratman-USA TODAY Sports

Joe Burrow returns as Bengals host Vikings

Joe Burrow hopes to make a triumphant return Sunday as the Cincinnati Bengals host the Minnesota Vikings in the season opener at Paul Brown Stadium.

Vikings head coach Mike Zimmer probably feels the same way.

Burrow, the No. 1 overall pick in the 2020 NFL Draft, was playing well for the Bengals last season before a knee injury in Week 10 cost him the final six games. Burrow threw for 2,688 yards with 13 touchdowns and five interceptions before the injury.

How well Burrow will play now remains a bit of an uncertainty. He logged just three meaningless reps in the preseason finale last month in his only game action since the setback. The Bengals, 4-11-1 last season, have gone all in on Burrow with promising young receivers Tee Higgins (67 receptions, 908 yards, six touchdowns) and Tyler Boyd (79-841-4). Cincinnati added to the potential firepower with Burrow’s former LSU teammate Ja’Marr Chase, selected with the fifth overall pick in the 2021 draft.

It’s clear the Bengals need Burrow to build on the form he flashed early last season if they’re to make a move in the AFC North.

“I expect to be better,” Burrow said. “I put in a lot of work this offseason that I’m excited to show off — as well as all of our guys have. We’re a much better football team that has prepared the way we need to and understands how to win games now, I think.”

Zimmer, entering his eighth season in Minnesota, was the Bengals’ defensive coordinator from 2008-13 and crafted top 10 defenses with the Bengals four times (2009, 2011-13) before joining the Vikings. It will be his first game back in his old environment.

And while the Vikings have a potent offense, defense will be in focus on Sunday. RB Dalvin Cook (1,557 rushing yards, 16 TDs in 2021), and wideouts Adam Thielen (74-925, 14 TDs) and Justin Jefferson (88-1,400, seven TDs) — himself another Burrow college teammate — give QB Kirk Cousins (4,265 yards, 35 TDs, 13 interceptions) the weapons to match most teams in a shootout.

Zimmer, however, would prefer to see improvement first from the defense, which finished 29th in the NFL last season by allowing 29.7 points per game. Minnesota was in contention for much of the year, but missed the playoffs at 7-9.

“The offense had a lot of good stats, but part of it was they had to,” Zimmer said. “We got to go out and play, and actually do it.”

It may take some time to gel, however.

Linebacker Anthony Barr (knee) is questionable, and both TE Tyler Conklin (hamstring) and OT Christian Darrisaw (groin) were also limited in practice on Wednesday. This comes on the heels of losing TE Irv Smith Jr. (torn meniscus) for the season, and RB Kene Nwangwu and WR Dan Chisena will start the season on IR.

The Bengals had a large roster overhaul. Of the 46 players who appeared in the final game of 2020, 22 are not on the 53-man roster — including eight starters.

Cincinnati will enter the opener relatively healthy with only CB Trae Waynes (hamstring) ruled out for Sunday.

“It’s an exciting time right now,” Bengals head coach Zac Taylor said. “We feel good about the guys we have on this team and where we are as we head into the regular season.”

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Cincinnati Bengals quarterback Joe Burrow (9) throws a pass during a training camp practice at the Paul Brown stadium practice facility in downtown Cincinnati on Wednesday, Aug. 18, 2021.Cincinnati Bengals Training Camp

Bengals hold QB Joe Burrow out of another preseason game

The Cincinnati Bengals kept quarterback Joe Burrow out of preseason action for the second straight week, even though he lobbied to play.

Cincinnati chose to keep its franchise quarterback, the No. 1 overall draft pick in 2020, out of harm’s way during its Friday exhibition game against the host Washington Football Team.

Burrow also wasn’t used during last week’s preseason opener, a 19-14 Bengals win over the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Backups Brandon Allen and Kyle Shurmur played under center in that game for Cincinnati, and Allen started Friday’s game as well.

The Bengals also held out several other starters and contributors including defensive end Joseph Ossai and newly signed cornerback Eli Apple.

As a rookie in 2020, Burrow started 10 games for Cincinnati and threw for 2,688 yards, 13 touchdowns and five interceptions with a 65.3 percent completion rate. The Bengals went 2-7-1 in his starts.

Burrow has his sights set on the preseason finale against the Miami Dolphins on Aug. 29.

“I’ve been lobbying. Just saying what plays I might like against Miami, third downs, first couple plays,” Burrow said. “Just throw some plays out there and put them in (the coaches’) head. I think (playing) would help; however many plays I would get, I think it would help.”

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Bengals quarterback Joe Burrow scrambles during a minicamp practice at Paul Brown Stadium in Cincinnati on Tuesday.

Cincinnati Bengals Mini Camp

Bengals: Joe Burrow ‘cleared to do everything’

Cincinnati Bengals second-year quarterback Joe Burrow is “cleared to do everything” in training camp but will probably not play in preseason games next month.

Bengals training camp begins Tuesday and head coach Zac Taylor said the 2020 No. 1 overall pick will line up behind center in 11-on-11 drills.

Bengals president Mike Brown said Monday that the team will likely keep Burrow on the sidelines for preseason games.

The comments came a day after Burrow, recovering from reconstructive knee surgery, cleared the Physically Unable to Perform (PUP) list.

Burrow completed 65.3 percent of his passes for 2,688 yards with 13 touchdowns and five interceptions before his rookie season was derailed by a knee injury on Nov. 22 against the Washington Football Team. He tore his left ACL and MCL, and also suffered partial tears to his PCL and meniscus.

The Bengals open their preseason schedule on the road against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers on Aug. 14. They kick off the regular season at home against the Minnesota Vikings on Sept. 12.

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Jun 15, 2021; Cincinnati, Ohio, USA; Cincinnati Bengals quarterback Joe Burrow (9) stretches during minicamp at Paul Brown Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Katie Stratman-USA TODAY Sports

Bengals quarterback Joe Burrow a go for training camp

Cincinnati Bengals fans can breathe a little easier, as franchise quarterback Joe Burrow reached another target in his comeback from the torn ACL that ended his rookie campaign prematurely.

The 2020 No. 1 overall selection avoided the PUP list and is cleared to be in uniform when the club opens training camp Tuesday.

Burrow completed 65.3 percent of his passes for 2,688 yards with 13 touchdowns and five interceptions before his rookie season was derailed by a knee injury on Nov. 22 against the Washington Football Team. He tore his left ACL and MCL and also suffered partial tears to his PCL and meniscus.

Burrow, 24, told ESPN last month that he was at 85 percent with a target return date of the start of training camp.

“The knee still has a little ways to go, but my upper body, my right leg, everything else feels better than it ever has before,” Burrow said at the time. “When I’m on the field and executing, I’m playing better than I ever have before. So, I’ll continue the program we were on and get back to 100 percent before camp.”

One thing to watch with Burrow at training camp will be his throwing velocity. In the offseason, he worked with former Bengals quarterback Jordan Palmer to improve his mechanics, and Palmer told The Athletic those changes are expected to bear fruit.

“You gotta give Joe a thing to chase, whether it’s a team or a record, it’s just a challenge. That’s all he needs,” Palmer said. “He found a way to create more energy on the ball.”

The Bengals open their preseason schedule on the road against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers on Aug. 14. They kick off the regular season at home against the Minnesota Vikings on Sept. 12.

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