It was a bittersweet moment Sunday. Joe Burrow was on a cart. Chase Young walked up and gave him a loving tap on the helmet.
Burrow is the starting quarterback for the Cincinnati Bengals. Young is a starting defensive end for Washington. They were one-two at the top of April’s NFL draft.
Three years ago, the two were teammates at Ohio State. Burrow transferred to LSU and won a national championship. He was the runaway winner of the Heisman. Young stayed at Ohio State. Most considered him the top defender in college football a season ago. His Buckeyes reached the college football semifinals last season.
Another photo was going viral – that of Young showing his love and respect for Burrow.
The injury happened in the third quarter. The Bengals had a third-and-two. Burrow threw the pass, but he was hit immediately by two Washington defenders.
Jonathan Allen came from Burrow’s left. Montez Swift hit him from the right. Burrow crumpled to the ground. Bengals coach Zac Taylor left the sidelines to check on the budding star.
Joe Burrow Will Need More Scans To Get Official Diagnosis
The Bengals, who lost the game, 20-9, confirmed that Burrow hurt his knee. There’s possible damage to the anterior cruciate ligament, which stabilizes the knee. Further scans are needed to see if Burrow needs surgery.
Ryan Finley replaced Burrow in the lineup. He said he spoke to Burrow after the game.
“I really didn’t have any words,” Finley said in post game. “I didn’t know what to say other than I hope he recovers very soon.”
Reporters peppered Taylor, the Bengals’ coach, with questions about Burrow’s injury.
Burrow 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.