The Cincinnati Bengals suffered a devastating blow in their quest for a playoff berth as star quarterback Joe Burrow was ruled out for the remainder of the season due to a ruptured ligament in his right wrist. The injury occurred during the Bengals' Week 12 matchup against the Baltimore Ravens, a game the Bengals ultimately lost 34-20.
Burrow had been battling an undisclosed wrist injury prior to the Ravens game, and the severity of the issue became apparent when he was forced to leave the game in the second half. The Bengals' offense struggled without their leader, and backup quarterback Jake Browning was unable to guide the team to victory.
The Bengals' struggles have been evident throughout the season, with the offense experiencing inconsistencies and the defense consistently underperforming. Burrow's injury further compounds the team's problems, leaving them with a 5-5 record and facing an uphill battle to make the playoffs.
The NFL has launched an investigation into the Bengals' handling of Burrow's injury, as there are questions about why he was not placed on the injured list before the Ravens game. The Bengals have denied any wrongdoing, but the investigation could further dampen the team's morale and distract them from their on-field struggles.
The Bengals will have to look for an adequate solution to replace Burrow
With Burrow out for the season, the Bengals will turn to Browning to lead their offense. Browning, a former fourth-round draft pick, has limited experience and has yet to prove himself capable of consistently guiding an NFL offense.
The Bengals will need him to step up if they have any hope of salvaging their season. The Bengals' loss of Burrow is a significant blow to their playoff aspirations, and it remains to be seen how they will respond to this adversity.
The team faces an uphill battle in the remaining games of the season, and their hopes for a postseason appearance now hang by a thread.