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Zac Taylor explains Joe Burrow's absence Tuesday: 'We've given him a day off every week'

Cincinnati Bengals franchise quarterback Joe Burrow was notably absent from the team’s voluntary practice on Tuesday. Following practice, head coach Zac Taylor explained that he gives Burrow a day off every week and that is why he wasn’t at the organized team activity.

Taylor doubled down and said Burrow hasn’t suffered a setback with his wrist and is expected to practice on Wednesday.

“Just trying to be preventative for me,” Taylor said of his plan for Burrow this offseason. “He's been feeling really good. When players usually communicate, they're doing great you push them a little too hard, so as the coach you've got to pull back on some of those guys. We've given him a day off every week."

Burrow, 27, is recovering from season-ending wrist surgery that occurred in mid-November of 2023. After an injury-riddled start to the season due to a strained calf in training camp, Burrow suffered a tear in his scapholunate ligament on his throwing hand. In each of the last three years, Burrow has had some sort of restriction during training camp due to an injury. Ahead of the 2021 season, he was limited as he was recovering from a torn ACL. In 2022, Burrow underwent an emergency appendectomy the day before training camp practice started. And on the second day of training camp last season, Burrow strained his calf forcing him to miss the entire preseason.

When he reported for the second phase of the Bengals’ voluntary offseason program in early May, Burrow said he was progressing well in his rehab. The former No. 1 overall pick in the 2020 NFL draft said he began throwing in April.

“I'm in a good spot,” Burrow said on May 7 when asked about his wrist. “I'm happy with where I'm at, and I'm gonna continue to get better.”

Burrow said his recovery from this injury has “definitely been one of the most challenging parts of my life for the past several months.” He also acknowledged that he’s going to have good and bad days with the recovery from this injury.

When discussing where he’s at in his rehab timeline, Burrow declined to comment on if he feels any pain when throwing. Taylor said in giving Burrow a rest day each week, the team is trying to “be smart” to ensure progress remains positive.

The Bengals’ head coach also declined to share what’s next for Burrow in terms of when he’ll be fully cleared by his doctor and Cincinnati’s medical staff. Taylor did reiterate the stance he’s had all offseason in that everything remains positive with Burrow’s rehab.

“Everything has been positive in those conversations we've had with his doctor,” Taylor said.

Burrow is expected to participate in the Bengals’ mandatory minicamp next week, according to Taylor.

This article originally appeared on Cincinnati Enquirer: Joe Burrow has day off from Bengals voluntary OTA practice