Bengals Rookie QB Joe Burrow Has Torn ACL, Torn MCL, and Other Knee Damage

Cincinnati Bengals rookie quarterback Joe Burrow injured multiple ligaments in his left knee on Sunday, sources told ESPN.

An MRI showed Burrow tore his ACL and MCL and suffered other structural issues, sources said. Bengals coach Zac Taylor would not confirm the extent of the knee damage but said that Burrow will be out for the remainder of the 2020 season.

Taylor did not have a timetable for Burrow’s expected surgery or a rough estimate for Burrow’s return aside from some point during the 2021 season.

“He’s been in great spirits,” Taylor said Monday. “On the bus, on the plane, you know, in the facility today, he’s responded as well as he could possibly do it and we’ve all noticed that.”

In a tweet Sunday afternoon, Burrow said, “See ya next year,” suggesting his 2020 season was done. Cincinnati officially placed this year’s top overall draft pick on injured reserve Monday.

Knee injuries of this nature usually sideline players anywhere from nine to 12 months, though each player heals and rehabs differently. But Burrow’s status for the start of next season is now in question. Taylor declined to clarify when asked if he believed Burrow will be ready for the start of the 2021 season.

Burrow was carted off the field in the third quarter of Sunday’s 20-9 loss at Washington. Burrow suffered the injury after he was sandwiched by two Washington defenders who converged on him on a third-and-2 pass attempt.

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SOURCE: ESPN, Adam Schefter and Ben Baby