Joe Burrow's tumultuous 2023 season has come to a premature end.
The Cincinnati Bengals quarterback will miss the remainder of the 2023 campaign 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.
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."
Burrow also said that the injury ending his season had nothing to do with what was thought to be a brace on his right wrist ahead of Thursday night's game.
"It's not uncommon for guys to wear compression sleeves on a plane because when you go up to that altitude things can swell up," Burrow said. "In football you have a lot of bumps and bruises. This is a completely new injury."
NFL Network Insider Tom Pelissero reported on Friday that the NFL is looking into why Burrow wasn't on the injury report, which is routine in instances involving compliance with the league's injury report policy.
Burrow's injury brings an early finish to a season that began in similar fashion. Burrow labored through an injured calf, which limited his athletic abilities and he struggled accordingly amid a 1-3 start to the season. BurrowRead on nfl.com