Joe Burrow injury update: Bengals HC Zac Taylor claims superstar QB likely to miss NFL week 1 game against Browns

The Cincinnati Bengals icon Joe Burrow has already established himself as a reliable troop for the team. From pushing the team to the AFC Championship game in each of the last two seasons to securing one in 2021, the quarterback did everything possible to lead Cincinnati to an upward trajectory.

Though the Bengals are yet to earn a Lombardi trophy in the NFL, Burrow’s presence makes them have high hopes ahead of the new season. The Bengals fans were having a nightmare when their star QB sustained a strained calf in July, albeit the team’s head coach relieved them by sharing a positive update about their star.

Bengals HC Zac Taylor addresses Joe Burrow’s NFL week 1 status

While speaking to reporters on Monday, Taylor was asked if Joe will return to the field for their regular season opening game against the Cleveland Browns on Monday. He responded to the question by saying the signal-caller is “day-to-day” heading to the match.

The Bengals starter holds the record of going 1-4 against Cleveland in his career, albeit the team’s HC is probably not sure if Joe Cool can give another tough competition in the upcoming match as well. However, he remained optimistic while offering updates about the quarterback, and said his improvement is extremely laudable.

“Just keep getting reps in you know, and I thought today was a really good day for him. It was encouraging to see and so we’ll just take it one day at a time,” he added.

Though the Cincy coach is still skeptical about Burrow’s appearance in Week 1 games, the team’s offensive coordinator Brian Callahan has already delivered a ray of saying they have a good plan in place to have the QB at the helm on September 10.

What is Joe Burrow’s current contract with the Bengals? Explained

Burrow is currently under a 4 year, $36,190,137 contract with the Bengals. The deal includes a $23,880,100 signing bonus, $36,190,137 in guaranteed money along with an average annual salary of $9,047,534.

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The 26-year-old is expected to hit an $11.5 million cap hit in 2023, and the amount will reach $29.5 million in 2024 when his rookie contract’s fifth-year option will be available. Cincinnati has exercised the fifth-year option for the QB for the 2024 season, and marked the move as “a mechanical step along the way.”

The Bengals’ director of player personnel Duke Tobin earlier offered some insights into the team’s plan on making their dual-threat one of the highest-paid players in the league. He said contract talks between himself and the franchise’s chief financial officer Katie Blackburn were going on, and noted they were eyeing a contract that meets the team’s salary cap requirements.

Do you think that the Bengals should plan a blockbuster contract for Burrow like the ones of Justin Herbert and Lamar Jackson? You can share your thoughts in the comment section.


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