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Bengals cleared of mishandling Joe Burrow’s injury status following investigation

The Cincinnati Bengals denied any oversight in Joe Burrow's injury situation after he suffered a season-ending ligament tear last month, an NFL spokesperson confirmed to Fox News Digital.

Burrow was not listed on the team's injury report heading into the Nov. 16 game against the Baltimore Ravens. The team posted a video of X appearing to have a soft cast on his right hand, but later deleted the post.

Barrow later explained that the cast was actually a compression sleeve, noting that it is not uncommon for athletes to wear one during flights due to possible swelling.

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Cincinnati Bengals No. 9 Joe Burrow warms up before a game against the Baltimore Ravens at M&T Bank Stadium on November 16, 2023 in Baltimore, Maryland. (Rob Carr/Getty Images)

However, on Cincinnati's touchdown drive in the second quarter, I saw a burrow He felt obvious pain when he threw a touchdown pass to running back Joe Mixon. He was replaced on the next drive, and the next day the team announced he would miss the remainder of the season.

But Barrow called the ligament tear “an entirely new injury.”

“Before reaching its conclusion, the league reviewed all medical records, studied practice video from the week before the club's Week 10 game against the Houston Texans and Week 11 game against Baltimore, and reviewed all relevant medical records.” “We have interviewed officials and Burrow himself,” the NFL said. Email Fox News Digital.

The league has taken injury reports more seriously in recent years, given the rise in fantasy sports and legalized gambling. The NFL reportedly warned teams during spring meetings to properly report injuries.

The Bengals signed Burrow to a five-year, $275 million contract at the start of the season in September, making him the highest-paid player in NFL history, with $219.5 million of that guaranteed.

Joe Burrow walking on the field

No. 9 Joe Burrow of the Cincinnati Bengals leaves the field after an NFL football game against the Baltimore Ravens at M&T Bank Stadium on November 16, 2023 in Baltimore, Maryland. (Cooper Neal/Getty Images)

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missed the hole Most of the training camps When you hurt your calf. In 10 games before his wrist injury, he had thrown for 2,309 yards, completed 66.8 percent of his passes, 15 touchdowns, and six interceptions.

Cincinnati split two games without Burrow, losing to the AFC North rival Pittsburgh Steelers in its first full game without Burrow, but defeated the Jaguars in overtime in Jacksonville last Monday night. .

Since taking over, Jake Browning has completed 75.6 percent of his passes for 649 yards, three touchdowns, and one pick. He went 32-of-37 for 354 yards against the Jags.

Jake Browning throws the ball

Cincinnati Bengals #6 Jake Browning throws a pass during the second quarter of the game against the Jacksonville Jaguars at Everbank Stadium on December 4, 2023 in Jacksonville, Florida. (Courtney Culbreath/Getty Images)

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Cincy plays at home to the Indianapolis Colts on Sunday.

Fox News' Ryan Gaydos contributed to this report.

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