Ja’Marr Chase, the Bengals WR recently made a bold prediction about the quarterback of the team, Joe Burrow. Burrow suffered a calf injury during the preseason. He aggravated this injury during the Bengals’ Week 2 game against the Baltimore Ravens.
As a result, Burrow’s status for the upcoming Monday night game against the Los Angeles Rams is in question. There was still hope that he might play on Monday but Ja’Marr Chase has shattered those hopes.
Ja’Marr Chase talks about Joe Burrow starting vs the Rams
Ja’Marr Chase talked to the reporters on Friday who were eager to find out whether Burrow will play in Monday’s game or not. The wide receiver shared that Burrow might play on Monday and the quarterback is willing to play but he would prefer for him to sit out the next game.
He shared that the quarterback is battling with the calf injury and he doesn’t believe that Burrow is fully healed now. Therefore it’s better that the QB first recover and then play.
“I told him back then [after the initial injury], don’t play until you’re 100% ready to play. My answer has never changed from this.”
The wide receiver is right to some extent. Although Joe Burrow is an exceptional quarterback and the team is highly dependent on him, his health is equally important. If he is not 100% recovered he’ll even not be able to play very well in the game. It means the Bengals will be risking both their victory and the health of their star quarterback.
Jake Browning expected to replace Joe Burrow
If Joe Burrow does sit out the game against the Rams, it’s hinted that Jake Browning will start as the quarterback in his place. Browning has never completed an NFL pass and is relatively unknown compared to Burrow.
Jake Browning’s NFL journey began in 2019 when he was signed by the Minnesota Vikings as an undrafted free agent. He joined the Bengals in 2021 and has been on and off the practice squad since then.
Browning earned the backup quarterback role for the Bengals ahead of the 2023 season. If Joe Burrow will not play in the game against the Rams then Browning will finally get a chance to play as the starting quarterback.
Let’s wait and watch how the Bengals will tackle this situation, whether they’ll listen to the advice of Ja’Marr Chase and let Burrow sit out or we’ll see injured Burrow in the field again.