The injury to Cincinnati Bengals rookie quarterback Joe Burrow was even bigger than Sunday’s original report.
MRI on Monday revealed more damage than expected, according to ESPN.
Burrow tore his ACL, MCL, and he has other structural knee issues as well.
Early in the third quarter of their game against the Washington football team, Burrow was drilled high by Washington defensive end Montez Sweat and punched low by defensive lineman Jonathan Allen throwing a pass, and his leg folded awkwardly.
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Burrow was unable to put pressure on his leg and a cart was needed to help him out of the field.
Burrow later tweeted that he was done for the season.
“Thanks for all the love. I can’t get rid of myself that easily. See you [sic] next year, ”Burrow wrote.
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After the game, a Bengals reporter asked head coach Zac Taylor if he could have done more to protect Burrow this season.
“All we can do is improve as the season progresses,” Taylor said. “We gave up a lot of pressure at the start of the season. Over the past few weeks, our guys have done a great job of getting people away from Joe. He had a big pocket, he didn’t have a bag in the first half.
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Taylor defended the live protection offense.
“The shot, as I saw it, was not with the ball in his hand,” he said. “People keep talking about the offensive line without apparently watching the movie for the past four weeks. Again, these guys did a great job, it was a revolving door of players, they did a great job. Joe did a great job getting us around the field. We felt like we were making a lot of progress over the past five weeks and we’re not going to apologize for any of this.
Burrow ended his day completing 22 of 34 passes for 203 yards and a touchdown. He was among the favorites for Rookie of the Year before the start of the season.