Bengals’ Joe Burrow to play Monday vs. Rams: Evidence

Cincinnati Bengals quarterback Joe Burrow, who is dealing with a lingering calf issue, will play Monday night against the Los Angeles Rams, according to league sources. Here’s what you need to know:

  • Burrow will still go through pre-game training to see off the calf.
  • Earlier Monday, Burrow was expected to play and his status for Monday night’s game against the Rams was headed in the right direction, according to sources.
  • Burrow re-injured his calf late in Cincinnati’s loss to the Baltimore Ravens on September 17.

Backstory

Burrow first injured his right calf in a team practice on July 27. He sat out several weeks with the injury before returning to practice on August 30.

The Bengals started the season 0-2 as Burrow threw for only 82 yards in the season opener against the Cleveland Browns. In Cincinnati’s 27-24 loss to the Ravens in Week 2, Burrow tweaked his calf again.

“The soreness is an issue right now,” Bengals coach Zach Taylor said of Burrow’s injury before Thursday’s practice. “So it’s best to give him some time.” That is what I am saying today.”

Burrow, who did not practice all of Thursday, was listed as absent on the practice report. Taylor admitted it was “better” to have Burrow practice at some point before Monday’s game, but the team is monitoring his progress day by day.

With Burrow’s status in limbo, the Bengals signed quarterback AJ McCarron to the practice squad, the team announced Saturday.

Burrow, the No. 1 pick in the 2020 NFL Draft, is eligible for a contract extension this offseason.

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