Let’s just call 2023 the year of star quarterbacks being out for the season. First, Aaron Rodgers led the pack by getting injured in the very beginning of the first game of the season, putting an early end to his first season with the New York Jets. There are rumors that Rodgers will be back before the end of the season, but that could also be wishful thinking. Another huge disappointment happened when Kirk Cousins of the Minnesota Vikings got injured just as he was playing some of the best football of his career, forcing him to sit out the remainder of the season.
Now, another one bites the dust, and this one hurts. Cincinnati Bengals quarterback Joe Burrow is out for the rest of the season due to a right wrist injury. Head coach Zac Taylor announced the sad, but not super surprising, news on Friday (Nov. 17).
“He had an acute injury yesterday,” Taylor explained. “He tore a ligament in his wrist. It will likely require surgery, and he’ll be out for the season.” That hurts. Taylor added that Jake Browning will move into the starting quarterback role, and AJ McCarron will serve as his backup.
“I felt a pop,” Burrow said regarding the touchdown throw that caused the injury. He also landed on his wrist the play before.
Burrow also added that his season-ending injury had nothing to do with what people thought was a brace on his right wrist before the game. “It’s not uncommon for guys to wear compression sleeves on a plane because when you go up to that altitude things can swell up,” Burrow said, putting an end to that speculation. “In football you have a lot of bumps and bruises. This is a completely new injury.”
Burrow, 26, left the Bengals’ Thursday Night Football (Nov. 16) game against the Baltimore Ravens in the second quarter and didn’t return. He was playing well up until that point, completing 11-of-17 passes for 101 yards and snagging one touchdown before exiting the game.
What makes this injury extra crazy is that it comes following Burrrow signing the largest contract extension in NFL history at $275 million guaranteed. Now, he’ll have to watch his team from the sidelines and spend the next several months rehabbing.
While the Bengals vs. Ravens game was a high-profile one, there’s one game in NFL Week 11 that’s bigger. That’s the Philadelphia Eagles taking on the Kansas City Chiefs in Kansas City. These guys, of course, have a lot of unfinished business, since they duked it out in the most recent Super Bowl, and Eagles fans weren’t happy with the outcome. The game will also take place during Monday Night Football (Nov. 20), making it extra exciting. Find the full NFL Week 11 schedule here.
As a Detroit Lions fan, I want to build a glass box around Jared Goff and make sure he doesn’t get injured this season. He seems to protect himself pretty well on the field, but stranger things have happened. The Detroit Lions take on the Chicago Bears this weekend at Ford Field in Detroit, and Bears quarterback Justin Fields.