Joe Burrow returned to NFL action Sunday afternoon for the first time since suffering a torn ACL against Washington in Week 11 of the 2020 NFL season. He had been outcast for just over nine months as a result of the injury.
The Bengals have been cautious in pulling the now-sophomore quarterback out of trouble. However, as coach Zac Taylor explained earlier in the week, the Bengals wanted to make sure they had some action before Week 1 of the regular season.
“I think it’s good to check that box,” Taylor said of Burrow watching the game action. by the Cincinnati Enquirer. “You come out in a real game. You are there with the guys, it will be very limited. We will be smart with what we do, then we will take it out and then we will prepare for Minnesota.”
Taylor stayed true to his word. Burrow played very little in the Bengals vs. Dolphins, but that’s how he did it in his preseason NFL debut.
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Highlights from Joe Burrow’s preseason debut
Burrow saw his first preseason action after the Bengals defense forced a triple from the Dolphins. When he reached the field, the Cincinnati crowd gave him a standing ovation.
That was his biggest highlight of the afternoon.
Burrow played just one unit for the Bengals on Sunday. He led the Bengals to a triple and pitched once during the brief outing. His only pitch was a screen pass dropped by rookie Ja’Marr Chase.
The pitch was well placed by Burrow, so Chase, who has struggled with falls this preseason, is to blame for the mistake. Nonetheless, Burrow finished the day with only an incomplete and zero yards.
Still, Burrow scored the No. 1 goal during the match. He returned to the field before the regular season. Now, he has a few reps under his belt and can focus on preparing for his Week 1 showdown against the Vikings.