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  • Writer's pictureMike Buck

Jamar Chase Doesn't want Joe Burrow Back

Joe Burrow's calf injury has raised doubts about his availability for the start of the 2023 NFL season with the Bengals.

Typically, the recovery timeline suggests that Burrow could be back in time for the Bengals' Week 1 matchup against Cleveland. However, his teammate and star receiver, Ja'Marr Chase, is more concerned about Burrow's long-term health and advises against rushing back to face a division rival.

During an interview on Friday's Inside Training Camp, Chase expressed his thoughts, saying, "I told him honestly that I don't want him to rush back. I did the same thing last year when I sat out an extra game to ensure my hip fully healed. It's essential not to risk causing further problems later in the season. I told him that as long as he's back after Week 5, we'll be good, brother."

Although the Bengals' first month of the season doesn't appear to be overly challenging, it does include crucial matchups against AFC North rivals in the first two games. Starting the season 0-2 would not be ideal, and it will be harder to avoid if Burrow is unable to play. However, Chase understands that the team's final record matters more than a couple of early games. Last season, the Bengals began with an 0-2 record before making it to the AFC Championship Game.

Chase would love to have Burrow back on the field immediately, but he knows that the quarterback's long-term health takes precedence. He mentioned that he wishes he had healing powers for Burrow and is closely observing his teammate's rehab progress. Chase is confident that Burrow is in good hands, working diligently and taking proper care of himself.

In conclusion, the Bengals and their fans eagerly await Joe Burrow's return, but Ja'Marr Chase emphasizes the importance of his health and well-being, even if it means missing a few early-season games. The team's goal is to have Burrow ready and at his best for the majority of the season and beyond.


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