The Bengals are facing scrutiny as the NFL launches an investigation into the absence of Joe Burrow from the team’s injury report this week, as reported by ESPN’s Adam Schefter. Dianna Russini of The Athletic corroborated the report, indicating that the league will scrutinize photos and practice footage, in addition to conducting interviews within the organization.
Burrow sustained a right wrist injury during Thursday night’s game against the Ravens, leading to his significant absence from play. Despite not being listed on the practice report throughout the week, the Amazon game broadcast revealed footage of Burrow arriving at the stadium with a brace on his right wrist and thumb.
Should the NFL discover that the Bengals violated league policy regarding the injury report, potential repercussions include fines or the loss of draft picks, according to Schefter.
Cincinnati’s head coach, Zac Taylor, confirmed Burrow’s sprained wrist after the game, expressing uncertainty about the duration of Burrow’s absence. Taylor also denied awareness of any preexisting injuries for Burrow before the game.
“That was the first I saw anything about it,” Taylor stated, responding to the video of Burrow entering the stadium, as reported by NFL Network’s Andrew Siciliano.
This incident marks the second injury for Burrow this year, following a calf injury in training camp that impacted his performance earlier in the season. In light of the heightened focus on gambling, the disclosure of injuries is crucial to maintaining the integrity of the sport.