In a distressing turn of events at the Cincinnati Bengals' training camp on Thursday, star quarterback Joe Burrow suffered an unexpected setback. Coach Zac Taylor announced to reporters that Burrow was removed from the field following an injury to his right calf.
The incident occurred as Burrow was executing a roll to his right during drills, when he suddenly pulled up short in what has been described as a noncontact injury. The nature of the incident was such that the starting quarterback was subsequently carted off the practice field, amplifying concerns about his fitness.
An Unexpected Interruption
As Coach Taylor addressed the media, he acknowledged that the situation was still developing. "It was 10 minutes ago, so we don't have any more information," Taylor stated in the immediate aftermath of the event.
Questions were raised regarding the compression sleeve Burrow had around his calf, a piece of equipment noticeably absent during the team's first practice of training camp the previous day. When questioned about this, Taylor divulged that the decision to wear the sleeve on Thursday was Burrow's own.
However, he declined to elaborate further, maintaining that more information would be available in due course.
A Crushing Blow for a Rising Star
The timing of the incident is particularly unfortunate given that Burrow, an LSU alumnus now in his fourth year with the Bengals, has been showing promising strides.
Following his best season yet as a professional, he's currently engaged in contract discussions with the team that could potentially make him the highest-paid player in the NFL. In a poignant twist of irony, just one day prior to his injury, Burrow was asked about the prospect of experiencing his first fully healthy and normal training camp.
He expressed his enthusiasm, noting, "Knock on wood -- I feel great. This time last year I was sitting in a hospital bed. It's good to be out there with the guys. Excited about where we're at."
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