Hours after Ja’Marr Chase prioritizes QB’s health over rushed return, Joe Burrow’s calf injury raises concerns about his availability

The Cincinnati Bengals are 0-2 this season, and their starter Joe Burrow is facing troubles after sustaining an injury. The season couldn’t be much worse for a team that has recently made their quarterback the highest-paid player in the league.

The updates about Burrow’s injury are not looking very promising as of now. Heading into their next campaign against the Los Angeles Rams, Bengals wide receiver Ja’Marr Chase has voiced his thoughts during this piteous situation of his team.

Joe Burrow questionable for Monday night’s clash

Burrow’s return against the Rams on Monday has been marked questionable by the Cincinnati Bengals. The team’s head coach Zac Taylor couldn’t offer a clear scenario about their starter and said the upcoming two days would only let them decide about the veteran.

“We’ve still got two days before the game. Forty-eight hours. More than 48 hours. It’s really day-to-day. We’ll have conversations and see where it goes. But he looked good today.”

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Meanwhile, the 26-year-old star’s expression following a cart ride with Mike Brown, Bengals owner and president, at Friday’s practice looked like he was unhappy about any decision about the franchise. Taylor didn’t shed light on the discussion at all and also kept it a secret if the QB would split first-team reps with backup Jake Browning. If Joe doesn’t play, Browning will take over his spot.

Ja’Marr Chase concerned about Burrow’s well-being

The injury-plagued Burrow only managed to complete 56.9 percent of his passes while recording a lackluster 70.6 passer rating in his last two games. While talking with the reporters in the locker room, Chase expressed skepticism when asked if his QB was able to perform at his 100% in those matches.

The WR urged Joe Cool to refrain from playing during training camp till his injured calf muscle healed properly. Now, the situation has deteriorated, and the signal-caller’s injury became aggravated. When asked by the reporters if the dual-threat would be headed to the field in their upcoming campaign against the Rams, the 23-year-old star said he would once again like to tell his teammate not to play until he recovered completely.

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Following the Rams, the Cincy squad will be facing the Tennessee Titans, Arizona Cardinals, and Seattle Seahawks. The pressure will be higher than ever, especially when the starting QB, the most significant player on an NFL team’s roster, is uncertain, and Chase knows it much better.

“That’s adversity. That’s 100 percent adversity. It’s stuff we never dealt with, and it’s not preseason. It actually counts. So it’s definitely adversity.”

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