Six months after tearing his ACL, Joe Burrow seems to be making incredible progress in his recovery. Last week, reports implied that the Cincinnati Bengals quarterback would be "all systems go" for a Week 1 return later this fall.
On Tuesday, Burrow showed that he was healthy enough to take the field at the team's first OTA of the offseason.
The rising second-year NFL quarterback arrived at the Bengals facility and walked out to practice wearing his jersey, carrying his helmet and with a brace on his knee, according to Paul Dehner of The Athletic. From there, video captured him going through throwing drills with Cincinnati's wide receivers, including 2021 first-round pick, Ja'Marr Chase.
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">shared a video on their official Twitter account of their quarterback taking the field with a smile on Tuesday morning.
The images of Burrow out of Bengals OTAs were encouraging to see considering he suffered a torn ACL last November in a game against Washington. Due to the severity of the injury, it was unclear when exactly the 24-year-old would return, even though there was optimism within the organization.
Needless to say, fans in Cincinnati were thrilled to get another glimpse at their franchise quarterback on Tuesday.
Burrow didn't appear to be going through any mobility drills, but showed off his arm in a few clips from the Bengals OTA. Clearly, the 24-year-old has done his best to stay sharp this offseason while recovering from the ACL injury.
In 10 starts as a rookie, Burrow passed for 2,688 yards and 13 touchdowns while completing 65.3 percent of his attempts. Provided that he's healthy by the season opener, he'll try to build off of his early career success.
The Bengals still have a long way to go to compete in a deep AFC North, but getting Burrow back is a start.