What will it take to get Joe Burrow back on the field?
Monday, November 23, 2020

Orthopedic specialists said Bengals quarterback Joe Burrow will have a long road ahead when it comes to rehab after a season-ending knee injury in Sunday’s game between the Bengals and the Washington Football Team.

It was the hit we all heard about during the game. Bengals quarterback Joe Burrow tweeted he’s out for the season.

Dr. Adam Metzler, an orthopedic surgeon at OrthoCincy, has also been on the sidelines as a sports medicine physician and has seen similar injuries. He’s also been inside the operating room many types to repair them.

He doesn’t have the inside track on Burrow, but Dr. Metzler said, by the looks of it, Burrow could have an ACL injury and what’s called an MCL, or medial collateral ligament, injury -- something Dr. Metzler treats often during football season.

“The ACL is one of the ligaments that lives in the center of the knee. It helps control forward,” said Dr. Metzler. “The MCL, when you look at the kind of hit he sustained, his knee will turn inward, which stretches the medial ligament.”

Both will likely require surgery to repair and a lengthy rehab to get back in the game.

“The good saying is that we can only do so much, and we don’t give you what you were born with, but we have a very good success rate and most athletes will return to play at the NFL level at about 90%.”

Dr. Metzler was watching Sunday’s game with his son. He said he told him, “Well, we’re going to see Joe Burrow next year.”