Joe Burrow expects Ja’Marr Chase to play after Bengals WR practices

CINCINNATI — Bengals wide receiver Ja’Marr Chase returned to practice Wednesday before he could return to the field against the Tennessee Titans on Sunday.

Chase trained for the first time since a hip injury forced the wideout to miss three games. Chase participated in drills during the open-to-media portion of practice and caught a multitude of passes from quarterback Joe Burrow.

Burrow said Chase ran Tuesday and is on his way to play this weekend.

“We expect him to play,” Burrow said. “I know he ran yesterday and felt good. So we’ll see how it goes for the rest of the week.”

Chase has not played since the Bengals’ Week 7 win over the Atlanta Falcons when he had eight catches for 130 yards and two touchdowns. At the time, ESPN’s Adam Schefter reported that Chase could be out for four to six weeks. Sunday would mark five weeks since Chase last played.

Bengals coach Zac Taylor was a little more secretive than his quarterback about Chase’s prognosis. Taylor said he hasn’t seen Chase train since the injury and described his availability as daily.

Despite this, Taylor acknowledged that Chase’s rehabilitation process went well.

“He did all the things we asked him to do,” Taylor said Wednesday. “He’s done a great job with the coaches there. Everything has been positive so far.”

Burrow reiterated that Chase has been working hard to return to the field and rest the hip as required for Cincinnati’s playoff push. The Bengals (6-4) meet the AFC South-leading Titans (7-3) on Sunday in a seven-game final list that sees five opponents ahead of them in the AFC standings.

According to Burrow, Chase has attended a few team meetings while trying to balance his rehab work, stay committed, and be “exactly the kind of teammate you’d expect.”

When Chase returns this weekend, he will join a Bengal offense that has become one of the best in the league. Cincinnati ranks third in the NFL in points per drive and third in offense points per game.

“I know once he’s ready to go, he’ll be back, ready to play and keep playing,” Burrow said. Joe Burrow expects Ja’Marr Chase to play after Bengals WR practices

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