Cincinnati Bengals fans are going to be a nervous wreck because of Joe Burrow

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Former LSU football quarterback Joe Burrow is returning to game action this week according to Cincinnati Bengals head coach Zac Taylor.

Burrow, who suffered a torn ACL in a week 11 game against the Washington Football Team last season, has been limited throughout training camp while recovering from knee surgery.

On Wednesday, Taylor told reporters that Burrow will play a limited number of snaps in the Bengals’ final preseason game on Sunday (against the Miami Dolphins).

Taylor said Cincinnati will be “smart” with how they play Burrow against Miami.

Joe Burrow will have Bengals fans a nervous wreck

I imagine every Bengals fan on the planet will be holding their breath on Sunday when Burrow plays against the Dolphins.

After all, Burrow is the future of the franchise. He’s the reason Cincinnati fans have hope that things are going to turn around in the not-so-distant future for the Bengals.

There’s no doubt that Burrow needs to see some game action before taking the field in week one against the Minnesota Vikings. Going into that game without playing this preseason wouldn’t be doing Burrow — or the Bengals’ offense — any favors. And if Burrow is healthy enough to start in week one, he’s healthy enough to see some snaps on Sunday against Miami.

But it doesn’t change that Bengals fans will be nervous.

Nervous that Burrow’s knee won’t hold up. Nervous that the 2021 season will be over before it even gets started. Nervous that Burrow won’t be the same quarterback that Cincinnati selected with the No. 1 overall pick in the 2020 NFL Draft.

Every hit that Burrow takes will induce a gasp from Bengals fans until he’s up and back in the huddle.

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Of course, that’s anytime a star quarterback takes a hit. Maybe the nervous feeling never truly goes away for sports fans.