Ron Rivera was proud to see his players console Joe Burrow originally appeared on NBC Sports Washington
The Cincinnati Bengals suffered a devastating blow during their Week 11 loss to the Washington Football Team when quarterback Joe Burrow suffered a season-ending knee injury in the third quarter.
As Burrow was getting carted off, a trio of Washington players (and Burrow's former Ohio State teammates) -- Terry McLaurin, Dwayne Haskins and Chase Young -- went over to show their support for the standout rookie passer.
Speaking with the media postgame, Washington head coach Ron Rivera was proud of his players for showing what he called "a good example of sportsmanship."
"It is a fraternity," Rivera said. "The neat thing about it is these guys played together and have played against each other for a long time.
Rivera added: "They know each other, we certainly have a tremendous amount of respect, and everybody cares about each other's career. That's one of the cool things about this game. You can go out and fight and scratch and claw, but when it's all said and done, you're friends."
Midway through the fourth quarter, Burrow confirmed his season was over with a tweet.
Thanks for all the love. Can’t get rid of me that easy. See ya next year✊
— Joey Burrow (@JoeyB) November 22, 2020
Rivera called the injury "unfortunate" but has full confidence the 2020 No. 1 overall pick will be back and healthy.
"Just unfortunate to see a young man like Joe get hurt," Rivera said. "He's a heck of a football player and we know he'll be back."