Bengals Rookie QB Joe Burrow Leaves Game With Left Leg Injury

Joe Burrow was carted off the field Sunday after being sandwiched by two Washington defenders in the third quarter. (Geoff Burke/USA TODAY Sports)

One of the most promising NFL seasons by a rookie quarterback came to an end Sunday. Cincinnati Bengals quarterback Joe Burrow effectively ruled himself out for the remainder of the 2020 season after he was carted off the field in Sunday’s 20-9 loss to the Washington Football Team at FedEx Field.

Burrow suffered a left leg injury in the third quarter after he was sandwiched by two Washington defenders who converged on him on a third-and-2 pass attempt.

On Sunday afternoon, Burrow sent out a tweet thanking people for support and suggesting he was done in 2020. “Thanks for all the love,” Burrow said. “Can’t get rid of me that easy. See ya next year.”

Bengals coach Zac Taylor did not have any immediate updates after a loss that stifled a group that looked promising with Burrow behind center. “He was making improvements every week and we were getting the offense headed in a direction that we thought was exciting,” Taylor said.

The first overall pick in the 2020 draft was on pace to become the first rookie in league history to have six 300-yard passing games in his first 10 appearances. Instead, the future of Burrow’s rookie season is now in question. Burrow was 22-of-34 for 203 yards, one touchdown and one lost fumble before he went down in the third quarter.

After he threw a pass intended for Bengals receiver Tyler Boyd, Washington defensive linemen Jonathan Allen and Montez Sweat hit Burrow from opposite sides. Allen beat a block on Burrow’s left, while Allen came off the right edge. Almost immediately, Burrow clutched his left leg as Taylor went out to check on the franchise’s star quarterback.

As Burrow was being carted off, the entire Bengals sideline approached the quarterback to encourage him. Well-wishers also included Washington’s Chase YoungTerry McLaurin and Dwayne Haskins, who all played with Burrow at Ohio State before he transferred to LSU and eventually led the Tigers to a national title.

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