Joe Burrow Tears ACL
The 2020 season has been filled with more injuries than ever. While some teams have been hit harder than others, the Bengals seem to be 2020's next victim. There aren't a lot of players in the NFL that are universally liked. To throw some names out there you could say: Larry Fitzgerald, Frank Gore, and Deshaun Watson. All of those guys are proven veterans. It is rare to see a rookie come into the NFL as the number one overall pick and every opponent just have the utmost respect for him. That is the case with Bengals quarterback, Joe Burrow.
Burrow was on pace to break all sorts of rookie records from most pass completions, yards, and yards per game. The Bengals had the worst offensive line in the NFL, but still Burrow was able to ball out. He was on pace to be hit more than any rookie quarterback has ever been and he proved to be one of the toughest players in the NFL. Between Burrow's confidence and swagger, he is just a dude that you can't help but root for.
In his week 11 game against the Washington Football Team, Burrow's rookie season came to an end. One of his offensive linemen got pushed into him and Burrow's knee folded the wrong way. The initial diagnosis of his injury is both a torn ACL and MCL. This is unfortunate and I expect Burrow to come back even better.
After the game was over, Burrow tweeted out, "Thanks for all the love. Can't get rid of me that easy. See ya next year". Burrow acted like a champ and I have no doubt that he will be one some time in his career. Assuming the Bengals don't win more than two games with Ryan Finley at quarterback, Cincinnati will have another top five pick in this year's draft. The Bengals need to pursue the best offensive lineman available. From my early scouting this has to be either Oregon LT Penei Sewell or Alabama LT Alex Leatherwood. Cincinnati may also be in the market for a new head coach. Two candidates that should be thrown into the mix are Panthers offensive coordinator, Joe Brady, and Bills offensive coordinator, Brian Daboll.
Burrow was one of the best rookies in the NFL this year and will be back better than ever in 2021.