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The Cincinnati Bengals had their backs against the wall on Monday night.
They couldn’t afford to fall to 0-3, especially after losing back-to-back divisional games to start the season.
That’s why star QB Joe Burrow wanted to give it a go and take the field, regardless of his condition and despite having re-aggravated his calf injury in Week 2’s loss to the Baltimore Ravens.
Following the win, Burrow admitted that there was a risk of further injury, but the risk of falling to 0-3 was even bigger, so he wanted to be out there and do whatever his team needed him to do to get the job done, per Ian Rapoport.
#Bengals QB Joe Burrow: “There is risk to go out there and potentially re-injure it, but there’s also a risk to go out there and be 0-3…”
No setbacks for Burrow. More from last night: https://t.co/OPnNo7nomp
— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) September 26, 2023
“There is risk to go out there and potentially re-injure it, but there’s also a risk to go out there and be 0-3,” Burrow said, via NFL.com. “So I wanted to be out there for my guys, and I was confident I was going to be able to do what I needed to do to get the win.”
That says a lot about the kind of leader and competitor he is, and fortunately, there were no setbacks.
Nonetheless, he’s still far from 100%, and people are concerned that it could be just a matter of time before he suffers a way more serious injury if he doesn’t take some time off to heal and restore his body.
The Bengals caught a break, with the Ravens losing to the Indianapolis Colts.
They’re now 1-2, while the rest of their division is 2-1.
They now have a date with the Tennessee Titans on deck, and they should end up on top of that matchup, even with Burrow at less than 100%.
The Bengals also started last season 0-2 before winning 12 of their last 14 matchups, so they obviously have plenty of confidence in their ability to do it again this season.
For that, however, they’ll need their quarterback to be healthy.
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