Zac Taylor: Joe Burrow (calf injury) has ‘encouraging’ day ahead of Bengals’ season-opener vs. Browns –

Joe Burrow hasn’t looked like anything other than the Pro Bowl quarterback he is since returning from a calf injury that was sustained during the first week of training camp. Despite being sidelined for a month, Burrow has been sharp in practice as he and the Bengals continue to prepare for their season opener against the Cleveland Browns. 

Bengals coach Zac Taylor offered a positive update on how Burrow has been progressing following Monday’s practice. 

“I thought today was a really good day for him,” Taylor said, via CLNS Media. “It was encouraging to see, so we’ll just take one day at a time.” 

Along with Taylor, Burrow’s teammates have lauded his play since returning to practice last week. The Bengals’ social media team also released the following video of Burrow hitting Ja’Marr Chase on a deep pass during practice. 

We’ve missed this.@JoeyB x @Real10jayy__

— Cincinnati Bengals (@Bengals)

Along with walking the walk, Burrow is also talking the talk as far as taking control of the huddle and getting on the same page with his teammates. 

“I think that’s what makes him great,” Taylor said. “He’s not afraid to take guys to the side after a rep and give them even more coaching on exactly what he thinks, because ultimately that’s what matters. … For him to take that ownership is critical, and it’s why he’s had the success we’ve had with him at the helm, because he’s not afraid to let these guys know how he wants it done.”


All signs are pointing towards Burrow having success when the Cincinnati heads to Cleveland on Sunday. Burrow and Co. will likely face a Browns secondary that will be wideout former Pro Bowl cornerback Denzel Ward, who is in the concussion protocol after suffering a head injury during the Browns’ final preseason game. 

Bengals fans are hoping that the team can avoid a similar start to the one that it endured in 2022. Following another lengthy preseason absence from Burrow (who had an appendectomy last July), Cincinnati started 0-2 as the offense struggled to find its footing. It eventually found it, and the Bengals ended up getting within a game of the Super Bowl. 

Along with Burrow, the Bengals also received a positive health update on cornerback Chidobe Awuzie, who is expected to face the Browns after recovering from a torn ACL sustained during a loss in Cleveland last Oct. 31. 

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