CINCINNATI — Joe Burrow is back. The 24-year-old will play in the Bengals' preseason finale against the Dolphins on Sunday at Paul Brown Stadium.
"It'll be good to get out there in front of the home crowd in a very similar environment as Week 1 will be," head coach Zac Taylor said. "I think that's what's best for the team and what's best for all of us, so we're going to do it."
Burrow hasn't play in a game since last November. He's made his way back from a brutal torn left ACL and MCL. He's lobbied to play in the preseason. He'll get his wish on Sunday.
"I think it [playing] would help, however many plays I would get I think it would help," Burrow said last week.
This isn't news to the Bengals' star, who's known for weeks that he may get a chance to play against Miami.
"He's known this for a while," Taylor said.
Starting Offensive Line
Center Trey Hopkins will also make his season debut. The veteran suffered a torn ACL in January, but was fully cleared for camp and will be in front of Burrow on Sunday.
Much like the star quarterback, Hopkins will only play a few snaps to get him ready for the regular season opener on Sept. 12.
Quinton Spain and Xavier Su'a-Filo will start at left guard and right guard, respectively. They're clearly the leaders in the clubhouse in the competition to start.
As expected, Jonah Williams will line up and left tackle and Riley Reiff will be the starting right tackle.
The starting offensive line probably won't be out there long. Taylor said they'll only be in the game for as long as Burrow was under center.
That means rookies like Jackson Carman and D'Ante Smith should get plenty of reps against the Dolphins.
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