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Joe Burrow Making Progress in Recovery From Devastating Knee Injury, but Questions Remain

Burrow underwent knee reconstruction surgery in December.

CINCINNATI — Bengals quarterback Joe Burrow participated in OTAs last week, but plenty of questions remain about his recovery.  

The 24-year-old looked good during the 90-minute session. He led the first-team offense through install and made short, intermediate and deep throws. 

Burrow believes his left knee is around 80-85% after an intense offseason of rehab. He expects to be ready for Week 1 following knee reconstruction surgery in December, but plenty of questions remain. 

“I don’t know how mobile I’ll be yet, it’s too early to tell if I’ll feel normal evading the rush and doing all that,” Burrow told Sports Illustrated's Albert Breer. “But I’m optimistic, I feel good right now. We’ll just have to wait and see until camp, how that’s gonna feel. … I’m really doing everything, at this point, it’s just getting my leg stronger. It’s hard to say how explosive I’m going to be in the run game as of right now.”

Burrow isn't an elite runner, but he relies on his legs, especially to turn potential sacks into positive plays. 

He's been running and cutting for the past two weeks according to Breer. That bodes well for his chances of getting back to his old self. Burrow is expected to continue to participate in OTAs over the next few weeks. 

Read Breer's entire feature on his recovery here.

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