Taylor confirms Burrow has MCL sprain, won’t need surgery


The Cincinnati Bengals fell to the Los Angeles Rams 23-20 Super Bowl LVI, but nearly suffered a worse loss when sophomore quarterback Joe Burrow suffered a knee injury in the fourth quarter of the loss.

Burrow, who suffered a serious season-ending knee injury in November 2020, held out until the end of Sunday’s game, and reports emerged on Tuesday that the 25-year-old was dealing with an MCL sprain that won’t wouldn’t make him go under the knife. Head coach Zac Taylor confirmed the positive news on Wednesday.

“Joe had the MCL sprain, and it’s really a further worsening of something he had in December,” Taylor explained, according to Pro Football Talk’s Myles Simmons. “But he’s a tough guy, he played hard. Rest is going to be the best thing for him. So this game is encouraging. So again he’s going to get some well-deserved rest here for the next couple of weeks. and expect him to return to full health.”

Taylor added that Burrow also won’t need surgery to fix a lingering little finger injury he first suffered in early December. Meanwhile, the Bengals announced earlier today that they have rewarded Taylor with a contract extension that spans the 2026 season.




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