CINCINNATI — Bengals quarterback Joe Burrow says he’s very familiar with concussion-like symptoms and that head injuries are associated with playing football.
On his weekly podcast, Burrow said he has no long-term issues with concussions, but acknowledged he likely suffered at least one during his career and even forgot whole parts of a game beforehand.
“I’ve had a few where I don’t remember the second half or I don’t remember the entire game or I know I got a little dizzy at one point,” Burrow told The Colin Cowherd Podcast. “But nothing permanent.”
Burrow continued that these issues are part of the sport.
“You’re going to have head injuries,” Burrow told the podcast. “You’re going to tear your ACL. You’re going to break your arm. That’s the game we play. That’s the life we live. And we get paid well for it. I think we go into every game that we know what we’re getting into.”
Burrow’s comments come after Miami Dolphins quarterback Tua Tagovailoa was taken off the field on a gurney, went to a hospital and was diagnosed with a concussion – four days after he stumbled to his feet after being hit in a week three game and carried on Game after passing dressing room evaluation.
The independent neurotrauma consultant involved in the Tagovailoa eviction has been fired, with sources telling ESPN that the consultant made “several mistakes.”
Burrow, a third-year player, has not been diagnosed with a concussion since joining the league. His most serious injury came in 2020 as a rookie when he tore the ACL and MCL in his left knee and required season-ending surgery.
He once said that a player can try to make football as safe as possible, but there are inevitable dangers that come with the game.
“You have 300-pound men running at 20 miles an hour trying to take your head off while you’re standing still, trying to ignore it and finding open receivers,” Burrow said on the podcast.
https://www.espn.com/nfl/story/_/id/34732172/cincinnati-bengals-joe-burrow-says-head-injuries-inherent-part-playing-nfl Cincinnati Bengals’ Joe Burrow says head injuries are an inherent part of playing in the NFL