It’s official. Cincinnati Bengals quarterback Joe Burrow, the No. 1 pick of this year’s NFL draft, is out for the season.
Burrow confirmed the dismal news in a tweet. He wrote “Thanks for all the love. Can’t get rid of me that easy. See ya next year.”
Burrow was carted off the field with a leg injury in the third quarter of Cincy’s game against Washington. He got sandwiched by two Washington defenders as he tried a pass to convert a third-and-two.
Burrow set the college football world on fire last year, winning the Heisman Trophy while leading LSU to a national championship.
He’s a rising star with the Bengals.
Joe Burrow Was On Track To Break NFL Rookie Records
He had been on track to break an NFL standard. He was trying to become the first rookie quarterback to pass for six 300-yard games in his first 10 contests. Today, Burrow was 22 of 34 for 203 yards and a touchdown. His injury happened in the third quarter.
As Burrow was carted off the field, the entire Bengals team walked over to give him some encouraging words. Several Washington players walked over to wish him well.
There is no official confirmation of Burrow’s injury. We only know he hurt his left leg.
Burrow instantly became the face of the Bengals franchise. He grew up in Ohio, so there already was a built-in fan base.
The Bengals released Andy Dalton, their veteran starter, before the season started, affirming their commitment to Burrow as the starter.
Burrow’s passing numbers ranked among the best all-time for quarterbacks in their rookie seasons. ESPN Stats and Information said that Burrow’s passing numbers (2,688 yards) ranked fourth in NFL history for first-year quarterbacks.
Burrow tied Andrew Luck for most 300-yard performances by a rookie. His best game was against rival Cleveland, where he threw for a rookie-record 406 yards.