Bengals quarterback Joe Burrow, who suffered a torn ACL and MCL in Week 11 of his rookie season, is targeting a Week 1 return in 2021. “I’m very optimistic about where I’m at and also where the team’s at," said last year's No. 1 pick. "Rehab is going very, very well. Lifting is going very, very well. I’m in great shape. Legs feel good. Knee feels good. ... The way I’m feeling right now, I’m very optimistic that I’ll be ready Game 1.” (The Cris Collinsworth Podcast featuring Richard Sherman)
This is a very promising update from Burrow himself. While Week 1 always seemed like a reasonable goal, it's good to receive confirmation that the Bengals' signal-caller is progressing well through rehab. Over 10 starts prior to injury, he completed 264 passes for 2,688 yards, 13 touchdowns, and five interceptions. If Burrow happens to hit a setback and isn't ready to go for the team's season opener, Brandon Allen would be in line to start at quarterback.