Rough Day NFL Rookie Quarterbacks
Week 11 of the National Football League season proved to be a rough day for two rookie starting quarterbacks in the league.
Joe Burrow and Tua Tagovailoa are both expected to be faces of the league for the next decade, but Sunday was not a good day for either future star.
Both quarterbacks put up huge numbers in the SEC, and both were selected in the first round of this year’s NFL Draft. Burrow began the 2020 season as the starting quarterback for the Cincinnati Bengals, while Tagovailoa has taken over the job in Miami.
Burrow Tears ACL
Burrow suffered an injury to his left leg during the third quarter of a loss to the Washington Football Team on Sunday after being sandwiched between a pair of defenders. The rookie immediately grasped his left knee in pain and had to be carted off the field by medical personnel.
The former LSU star sent out a tweet on Sunday afternoon thanking the fans for all of the support and promising to come back stronger next year. The team did not immediately update his status after the game, but it has since been announced that it is a torn ACL in his left knee.
Burrow threw for 203 yards before being injured, and he was on pace to become the first rookie in NFL history to have six 300-yard passing games in 10 appearances. Burrow was also on pace to break the rookie record for passing yards that was set by former Colts quarterback Andrew Luck.
The Bengals are hoping that Burrow will eventually lead the team to its first playoff victory since 1991. Protecting Burrow has been a huge issue all season as the Bengals were one of the worst pass-blocking teams in the league.
Ryan Finley replaced Burrow after the injury and went just 3-for-10 for 30 passing yards the rest of the way.
Tua Benched for Miami
The Dolphins were one of the hottest teams in the NFL heading into Week 11, but things went south in a hurry for Tagovailoa and the team. Tagovailoa was benched during the fourth quarter of a 20-13 loss to the Denver Broncos, and Ryan Fitzpatrick was forced back into action.
The former Alabama Crimson Tide star went just 11-of-20 for 83 yards and one touchdown before being placed on the bench. Dolphins head coach Brian Flores decided to go with the veteran quarterback in hopes of giving the team a spark.
Tagovailoa was on the injury report this week with a foot injury, but Flores noted that his quarterback was not taken out because of an injury. Flores also noted that Tagovailoa will remain the starter moving forward, eliminating the thought of any future quarterback controversy.
The Dolphins were 3-0 in games started by Tagovailoa until Sunday, but it was the defense and special teams that really carried the team to victory. Tagovailoa had been extremely accurate and efficient with the football, but the Dolphins were not racking up a ton of passing yards.
Miami is on the road against the 0-10 New York Jets next week in Week 12 action.
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