That’s usually the case — but not to this degree as fans await the official word on the extent of his injury and return timeline.
In the meantime, the Bengals started prep for a showdown with the Pittsburgh Steelers by going through a walkthrough and making a round of media interviews.
There, onlookers found out things like Burrow’s plan to be on the sidelines next week and a coach even answered the question about whether Burrow might return for the playoffs.
Here’s a look at the must-know Bengals news, notes and quotes for November 21.
Joe Burrow on the sidelines -- Bengals Wire
This has been one of the most repeated questions since the team announced Burrow was out for the year. Now we have an answer — yes, Burrow will be there on the sidelines with a headset to help along Jake Browning against the Steelers.
Burrow playoff return? -- Bengals Wire
The biggest question? Whether or not Burrow would be able to make it back if the Bengals sneak into the playoffs. Zac Taylor answered that on Monday, giving the expected response.
Bengals roster moves -- Bengals Wire
The Bengals added a quarterback to the practice squad on Monday, plus made a few other minor moves worth highlighting.
Steelers vs. QB making first NFL start -- Bengals.com
A fun tidbit about how the Steelers usually handle first-time QBs before this showdown with Browning:
_Cowher and his successor Mike Tomlin haven’t let it happen again against the last eight quarterbacks making their first starts against the Steelers. Tomlin is 4-0 with the last one coming on Nov. 11, 2020, when the Steelers needed a Ben Roethlisberger touchdown pass with 2:14 left in Dallas to catch the Cowboys’ Garrett Gilbert.
Jake Browning endorsement -- Bengals.com
"We believe in Jake and that's why he's here and that's why he's getting this opportunity." pic.twitter.com/jtPFA3pgz3
— Cincinnati Bengals (@Bengals) November 20, 2023
Fun clip of Zac Taylor throwing support behind Browning.