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Joe Burrow suffers suspected wrist sprain in huge blow for Bengals

Cincinnati Bengals quarterback Joe Burrow suffered a suspected wrist sprain during Thursday’s 34-20 defeat to the Baltimore Ravens, leaving the team waiting anxiously for updates on his condition.

Burrow departed to the locker room midway through the second quarter after sustaining an injury to his throwing wrist, with the Bengals going on to suffer their second defeat in four days.

Burrow appeared to be in pain after throwing a four-yard touchdown pass to running back Joe Mixon to give Cincinnati a three-point lead, having fallen on his right wrist earlier in the game.

He did not receive another snap after heading to the medical tent for evaluation, with replacement quarterback Jake Browning finishing with 68 passing yards and throwing for one touchdown.

Burrow’s condition had been the subject of debate in the build-up to Thursday’s game after he was seen wearing strapping on his throwing hand while stepping off the team bus in Baltimore.

Speaking to reporters after the defeat, head coach Zac Taylor said Burrow had likely sprained his wrist during the game and insisted he was not aware of any existing injury.

“It looks like he sprained his wrist,” Taylor said. “So, he fell on it early in the game and felt it on the touchdown pass.”

Any significant period of absence for Burrow would represent a huge blow to the Bengals’ playoff hopes, with the team slipping to 5-5 with Thursday’s loss and falling behind the pace in the NFL’s most competitive division.

Burrow led a resurgence from the Bengals prior to Sunday’s home defeat against the Houston Texans, as a four-game winning streak put them back in contention following a poor start to the season.

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