No ‘pitch counter’ for Bengals QB Joe Burrow (wrist) during OTAs…Read more.

Joe Burrow, the Cincinnati Bengals quarterback, is getting plenty of throws during voluntary organized team activities despite his recovery from a torn ligament in his right wrist. Bengals offensive coordinator Dan Pitcher explained that they’ve structured the practices to align with Burrow’s recovery plan and preferences. While there’s no strict pitch count, they’re being cautious and strategic in managing his workload.

Burrow’s 2023 season, along with the Bengals’, was marred by injuries. He started the season nursing a calf injury, which although didn’t sideline him, clearly affected his performance. The situation worsened when he suffered a torn ligament in Week 11 against the Baltimore Ravens. Burrow’s decision to play through the calf strain drew criticism and highlighted the need for him to be more cautious with his health, especially as he aims to return to his Pro Bowl level of play.

Everything’s been going well up to this point. Burrow wasted no time getting onto the field at the beginning of the month, expressing optimism about his throwing and overall performance.

Pitcher echoes this optimism, stating, “He’s got all his range and power,” expressing his satisfaction. Burrow’s progress is a positive sign for the Bengals, especially considering their 6-8 record without him since his selection as the No. 1 overall pick in the 2020 NFL Draft. However, it’s only May, and the priority for Cincinnati come September is undoubtedly Burrow’s health. Therefore, while spring optimism is warranted, it’s crucial for the Bengals to maintain the prudent approach alluded to by Pitcher.

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