Joe Burrow’s surgeon is assured that the Cincinnati Bengals quarterback can be able to play in Week 1 after a big knee harm reduce his rookie season brief.
Burrow suffered a torn ACL and MCL in his left knee throughout a collision in Week 11 in opposition to the Washington Soccer workforce final season. He underwent surgical procedure on Dec. 2. On the time, Bengals head coach Zac Taylor mentioned the workforce anticipated him again someday through the 2021 season.
Since then Burrow has expressed optimism in a Week 1 return that his surgeon Dr. Neal ElAttrache confirmed on Tuesday.
‘He is labored his tail off’
“He is on observe for full go for begin of the season,” ElAttrache told ESPN’s Adam Schefter. “He is doing all of the work. He is labored his tail off and been an amazingly mature participant in his restoration. He is targeted and nice to work with.”
Burrow’s injured knee has required in depth rehabilitation work following his restoration from the December process. Burrow advised Cris Collinsworth on his podcast in April that his rehab was going nicely and that he was forward of his restoration schedule.
“I am very optimistic about the place I am at and in addition the place the workforce is at,” Burrow mentioned on April 21. “Rehab goes very, very nicely and lifting goes very, very nicely. I am in nice form. Legs really feel good, knee feels good. There’s nonetheless an extended option to go, however I am anticipating to be there on the primary snap of 2021.”
Surgeon: Burrow’s knee performing ‘completely’
On the time, Burrow mentioned that he was working and performing drop-back drills whereas throwing passes to stationary targets. He had not but progressed to throwing on the run.
ElAttrache mentioned on Tuesday that testing revealed that Burrow’s knee was performing “completely” and agreed that his restoration was forward of schedule.
“We simply had him examined out right here with a high-tech video and biomechanical analysis and he was forward of the place we anticipated and nicely into the return to efficiency section of his restoration.”
Burrow advised reporters in January that he was given a nine-to-12 month restoration timeline to return to the sphere. The Bengals open their season on Sept. 12 in opposition to the Minnesota Vikings, which might fall simply past the nine-month timeline from the Dec. 2 harm.
Burrow’s docs don’t need him taking contact throughout that nine-month window, which would seem to rule out preseason play. But when his knee is prepared and he and Bengals coaches are assured he is ready to play in Week 1, he might conceivably swimsuit up in opposition to the Vikings.
Can Burrow choose up the place he left off?
Burrow, 24, was the No. 1 choose within the 2020 NFL draft after main LSU to an undefeated nationwide championship through the 2019 season. In 10 begins final season, Burrow averaged 268.8 yards per recreation whereas finishing 65.3% of his passing makes an attempt. He tallied 13 touchdowns and 5 interceptions earlier than his season was reduce brief.
He mentioned in April that he was getting snug with NFL passing ideas and dealing with NFL defenses previous to his harm. The Bengals constructed round Burrow on the prime of April’s draft, choosing broad receiver and former LSU teammate Ja’Marr Chase with the No. 5 choose and Clemson guard Jackson Carman with the 14th choose of the second spherical.
The Bengals’ offensive line can be intently watched in 2021 within the aftermath of Burrow’s harm and usually poor play up entrance final season.
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