As of this writing, Burrow was what feels like a 50-50 chance to play against the Los Angeles Rams on Monday night. Interesting, though, were Sunday reports about the steps he would actually take to play — and how some in the organization feel about how they should actually handle the tricky situation.
Considering the risk of additional injury could cast the long-term future for player and team into troubled waters, the concerns seem reasonable enough.
Here’s a look at the biggest news and notes to know for Monday.
Joe Burrow's morning workout -- Bengals Wire
A morning workout session will say much about whether Joe Burrow fights through the injury and plays on Monday night.
Burrow took first-team reps during walkthrough -- Bengals Wire
A report says Burrow took the first-team reps during the walkthrough on Sunday, which is something that would have gone to a backup if they knew for sure he wasn’t playing.
Bengals divided on whether to risk Joe Burrow -- Bengals Wire
It sounds like there are those in the Bengals building who are very much divided on what to do with Burrow, given the chance his playing makes things even worse. But some think the entire season is at risk.
Irv Smith's injury -- Bengals Wire
The news on tight end Irv Smith went from bad to worse as he was listed as doubtful on the final injury report. If he misses, he hasn’t played a full season since 2019.
NFL fines Ravens -- Bengals Wire
Two big-name Ravens players received fine letters from the NFL due to their actions against the Bengals last week.
Joe Burrow's injury creates wild takes -- Bengals Wire
Some outsiders are going wild with the takes…including bringing up the Penei Sewell > Ja’Marr Chase debate again…
Jordan Palmer says Bengals will be fine with Jake Browning -- Bengals Wire
Jordan Palmer, who trained with Burrow before and often after the draft, says don’t sleep on Jake Browning if he has to start in place of Burrow.
AJ McCarron is back and Bengals fans can't get enough of it -- Bengals Wire
A fan favorite returns to help the Bengals.
Aaron Donald says no beef with Bengals -- PFT
Rams DT Aaron Donald says there’s no beef extending into Monday’s game over that whole helmet-swinging disaster of a joint practice not too long ago.
McCarron wants to finish career in Cincinnati -- Bengals.com
McCarron is back, reminiscing about the playoff days and wants to retire in stripes.
Bengals make roster move to add McCarron -- Bengals.com
The Bengals had to make another move to fit McCarron on the practice squad.