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Burrow Carted Off With Apparent Calf Strain; QB To Miss Several Weeks
Joe Burrow suffered what is believed to be a calf strain during Thursday's practice and will undergo further testing, NFL Network Insider Ian Rapoport reported.

ESPN's Dianna Russini subsequently reported that team sources have confirmed the injury is a strain.

Burrow was carted off of the field at the Paycor Stadium facility and head coach Zac Taylor told reporters the team would know more soon regarding the severity of the injury.

During an 11-on-11 drill, Burrow pumped left and scrambled right when he came up hobbled, clearly favoring his right leg as he skipped on his left leg before going down on the practice field, according to video shot by WCPO-TV.

Worth noting, Burrow was wearing a compression sleeve on that same calf to open practice. When asked why Burrow had a sleeve on his calf today, Taylor told reporters it’s normal for players to have soreness after the first day of training camp.

Burrow was attended to by the medical staff before he was carted off.

Wide receiver Ja'Marr Chase told reporters after Thursday's practice he isn't overly concerned about Burrow's status after some unspoken communication with the star QB on the practice field.

"We always give each other that nod," Chase said, per The Athletic. "He gave me a nod he's all right. He's a strong dude."

Burrow, who entered camp in 2021 rehabbing a knee injury and had an appendectomy at the onset of last year's camp, is a Pro Bowler who led the Bengals to a Super Bowl berth in the 2021 season and the Bengals have earned back-to-back division titles for the first time in franchise history.

He enters 2023 with at least one touchdown pass in his last 23 regular season games, including 14 games with multiple TD strikes (four games with four and four games with three). In two-plus seasons as the Cincinnati starter, he has hit the 300-yard mark 16 times and topped 400 on five occasions with a high of 525. The only QBs in NFL history with more 300-yard/3-TD games than Burrow (nine) through three seasons are Dan Marino (12) and Patrick Mahomes (11).

Burrow currently sits at QB4 on the FootballDiehards Staff Rankings Matrix.

7/28 UPDATE: Taylor told reporters Burrow was hurt he expects Burrow to be sidelined “several weeks” due to his calf injury.

Again, this will be the third consecutive training camp that Burrow has missed time or been limited. The good news? It hasn't kept him from excelling in the regular season. The better news? We're still six weeks from the regular season. We'll continue to watch for more, but look for Trevor Siemian to get the bulk of the work at QB while Burrow is sidelined.