Joe Burrow is working hard to convince Cincinnati Bengals to let him play

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Former LSU football quarterback Joe Burrow hasn’t played in an NFL game since last November when he tore his ACL in the Cincinnati Bengals’ week 11 matchup against the Washington Football Team.

Burrow, who was drafted by the Bengals with the No. 1 overall pick in the 2020 NFL Draft, has been on the road to recovery this offseason, making huge strides while rehabbing his knee.

The former Tigers standout was recently “cleared to do everything“, but that doesn’t mean the Bengals are ready to cut him loose yet.

For now, it’s unclear if Burrow will play in any preseason games.

Joe Burrow wants to play in preseason games for the Bengals

This probably won’t surprise folks, but Burrow is working hard to convince the Bengals to let him see some preseason action.

Burrow says he wants to feel “the rush” of a game before the start of the season.

“We’ll have that discussion with [head coach] Zac [Taylor] and ownership,” said Burrow on Wednesday (via “I’d like to go out there and feel the rush at least a couple times. Don’t have to play the full game, but I would like to get out there a little bit.”

Cincinnati head coach Zac Taylor wouldn’t rule out Burrow getting some preseason action.

“If we’re gonna put him out there, what exactly is that gonna look like where we can control it or not control it,” said Taylor. “Again, we don’t have to make that decision today. We can see how the weeks go. There will be a lot of thought that goes into that process.”

Bengals owner Mike Brown said this week that Burrow probably wouldn’t play in preseason games.

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Brown is the one signing the checks, which is why at this point, I’d bet on Burrow not playing this preseason. But it’s still great to see Burrow itching to hit the field.