Joe Burrow leaves Bengals practice with calf injury; Jalen Ramsey tears meniscus

By Adam Burke  ( 

July 27, 2023 03:33 PM

Bengals awaiting tests on Burrow; Dolphins' Ramsey needs surgery

Bengals QB and NFL MVP second favorite Joe Burrow left practice on a cart on Thursday after suffering what appeared to be a calf injury. It was confirmed after practice by head coach Zac Taylor that it was a calf strain and not something more serious, but Burrow did have a compression sleeve on his calf throughout practice and then pulled up lame on a scramble.

Bengals beat writer Mike Petraglia was filming when the injury happened:

Taylor says the Bengals are waiting for more information to determine the severity. It would not be a surprise to see Burrow miss some or all of the preseason out of an abundance of caution and that would seem to be a best-case scenario.

How sportsbooks handled the Burrow injury

In the age of instant news on social media, the Burrow video spread like wildfire. DraftKings Sportsbook took down the Bengals season win total odds, but left up the other futures markets. The win total was re-posted at 10.5 and the Over at -120. 

The Bengals are +1100 to win the Super Bowl, +600 to win the AFC, and +180 to win the AFC North per DK.

The Bengals were co-favorites with the Ravens at +190 to win the division, with the Browns at +350 and the Steelers at +400 as I started writing, but Cincy went back to +180 and Baltimore was up to +200 by the time I finished. The Steelers also moved up to +425.

We’ll update as more Burrow news becomes available.

Dolphins lose Jalen Ramsey to torn meniscus

Burrow going down wasn’t the only notable development on Thursday. Dolphins CB Jalen Ramsey was also carted off with a knee injury that will require surgery. Ramsey was hurt while defending Tyreek Hill and reportedly could not put weight on his left knee going to the cart. It appears that Ramsey is going to have his meniscus repaired, which will take longer than just having it removed. This would put him on track for a December return. 

The Dolphins are +300 to win the AFC East and +2500 to win the Super Bowl.

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