CINCINNATI, OH — The Cincinatti Bengals officially placed star quarterback Joe Burrow on injured reserve.
The 26-year-old will most likely miss the remainder of the 2023 season after suffering a torn ligament in his right wrist, head coach Zac Taylor announced on Friday. An MRI confirmed the injury, which will likely require surgery, per Taylor.
The #Bengals placed QB Joe Burrow on Injured Reserve with a right wrist injury and placed RB Chase Brown on the 53-man roster. In addition, QB AJ McCarron was elevated to the active roster.— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) November 25, 2023
The Bengals also elevated quarterback AJ McCarron from the practice squad. He’ll be the backup behind Browning for Sunday’s game against the Steelers.
Burrow suffered the injury in the first half of Thursday night’s loss to the Baltimore Ravens, leaving the contest after throwing a touchdown pass to running back Joe Mixon to give Cincinnati a 10-7 lead. He attempted to test the injury by throwing on the sideline, but was visibly frustrated when he realized he couldn’t throw without pain.
“The play before it happened, I landed on the wrist a little bit, and the next play, the touchdown pass, just felt a pop in the middle of the throw,” Burrow said on Friday. “Tried to give it a go but just couldn’t get it done, and obviously got the news today, so not great.”
Adding to Burrow’s wrist injury saga, the NFL confirmed on Friday they are investigating the Bengals for leaving their quarterback off the injury report despite the team’s social media account posting a photo of him wearing a wrist device on Wednesday night. Burrow was also seen exiting the team bus with a wrist brace on Thursday’s broadcast.
The NFL regularly looks into matters of team compliance with the Injury Report policy, and failure to do so can result in teams receiving a fine or losing a draft pick.