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Bengals Quarterback Joe Burrow on the Preseason: 'I've Been Lobbying' to Play

The 24-year-old wants to get a few reps in before the regular season starts.

CINCINNATI — Joe Burrow is making his way back from a brutal knee injury. He got off to a slow start in camp, but is starting to look and feel like his old self. 

"Ten more practices. Getting more reps," Burrow said. "Coming off a bad injury, haven’t played for a while, now we’re back to normal 10 practices later. We’re good to go."

The 24-year-old won't play on Friday night against Washington, but he's still holding out hope that he can suit up on Aug. 29 in the Bengals' preseason finale against the Dolphins. 

"I’ve been lobbying. Just saying what plays I might like against Miami, third downs, first couple plays. Just throw some plays out there and put them in their [the coaches] head," Burrow said. "I think it [playing] would help, however many plays I would get I think it would help."

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Burrow has been consistent in his message about playing in the preseason. He also knows that there's a good chance he might not take the field until the regular season opener against the Vikings on Sept. 12.

"I don’t get paid to make those decisions," Burrow said. 

The Bengals haven't officially ruled out their star quarterback for Week 3 of the preseason, but owner Mike Brown seemed to like the idea of keeping Burrow out if exhibition games when asked about it last month.

"That’s a hard injury to rebound from, an ACL," Brown said. "He’ll still be going through some of that. We probably aren’t going to put him out there until we get to the season because we don’t want to risk anything with him."

Brown spoke in absolutes. Head coach Zac Taylor hasn't done that, which means there's still a chance Burrow takes a few snaps against Miami on Aug. 29.

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