Star NFL QB Goes Down With Season-Ending Injury Months After Landing Record-Breaking Contract
BALTIMORE, MARYLAND - NOVEMBER 16: Joe Burrow #9 of the Cincinnati Bengals walks off the field following the Bengals loss to the Baltimore Ravens at M&T Bank Stadium on November 16, 2023 in Baltimore, Maryland.
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Joe Burrow, the talented young quarterback for the Cincinnati Bengals, will be out for the remainder of the NFL season after tearing a ligament in his wrist during his team’s Thursday night loss to the Baltimore Ravens. 

The third-year quarterback out of LSU left in the second quarter of Thursday’s game after throwing a touchdown pass to put the Bengals up 10-7. The Bengals said Burrow was injured after a hit on a previous play from Ravens linebacker Jadeveon Clowney. Burrow was in visible pain after throwing a touchdown pass to end the drive and said he felt a pop.

Moments later, the 26-year-old quarterback was seen attempting to throw on the sidelines before his team’s next offensive drive, but after one try at throwing a ball, he went down in pain.

“I was just going to tape it up and give it a shot,” Burrow said, according to ESPN. “I just couldn’t.”

Bengals head coach Zac Talyor said Burrow would need surgery to repair the torn ligament, but tried to remain optimistic after his team fell to 5-5 on the season.

“This season is far from over,” he said.

Bengals backup quarterback Jake Browning took Burrow’s place running the offense and finished the game with 68 yards and a touchdown, connecting on eight of his 14 passes. The Bengals would go on to fall to the Ravens 20-34.

Burrow’s season-ending injury has also caused some controversy as the NFL is now investigating the Bengals after the team posted a video of Burrow getting off the team bus in Baltimore with an apparent cast on the wrist that he eventually ended up injuring. The league is looking into why the Bengals did not list Burrow on its injury report for the week, which requires teams to list all players with “reportable injuries.”


The team later deleted the post showing the apparent cast on Burrow’s throwing hand, but the same video was posted by Cincinnati news outlet WCPO 9.

Taylor said he wasn’t aware of any injury ailing Burrow before the game.

Burrow signed a record-breaking contract extension just as the 2023-24 season got underway. The deal, a five-year extension worth $275 million, is the highest-ever annual value NFL salary in the league’s history coming in at $55 million a year. The Bengals quarterback took the franchise to its third-ever Super Bowl appearance in 2022, which ended in a 20-23 loss to the Los Angeles Rams. He was selected first overall by Cincinnati in the 2020 NFL draft after leading his LSU Tigers to a National Championship as a senior.

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