The Cincinnati Bengals’ quarterback Joe Burrow went down with an apparent calf injury during the team’s training camp on Thursday. Burrow was carted off the field with what appeared to be a non-contact injury and was seen grabbing his lower leg. Bengals’ head coach Zac Taylor and the team confirmed afterwards that Burrow had injured his calf. It is unknown as of now what the extent of the injury really is or how long it will take for the quarterback to recover fully.
Taylor said that the Bengals were taking a wait-and-see approach and that Burrow was experiencing some soreness in his leg. While the coach said that he didn’t know precisely when he would heal while adding that soreness is a normal part of a training camp for an NFL team and that plenty of other players also experienced the issue and subsequently had to do fewer reps during exercise.
Burrow is currently wearing a sleeve on his leg. In a video shared on Twitter, Burrow is seen clutching his leg on the ground and sitting next to running back Joe Mixon before being carted off. Check out the clip here:
Zac Taylor said, “I think a lot of guys after the first day have some soreness. He was just scrambling. This is football. Guys go down with an injury. This could be a day thing, who knows? There's a lot of guys that had soreness today that had their reps cut down a little bit. That's just part of football in training camp."
The Bengals might turn to backup QB Siemian
Joe Burrow is more or less irreplaceable to the Bengals. The quarterback is set to be instrumental in how the Cincinnati team plays and they cannot afford to lose him for an extended period. In case they do, however, they will have to turn to backup QB Trevor Siemian, who has signed a one-year deal this offseason.
Siemian is a veteran player, but it will be a big step back for the Bengals. The 31-year-old has started just six games in the last four years and has only started 30 games in his eight-year NFL career. Shockingly, he has not won a game he started since 2017.