According to NFL Media’s Mike Garafolo, the Bengals were actually encouraged by the MRI results for QB Joe Burrow. He suffered a torn ACL and MCL in addition to some cartilage damage, but the team is optimistic he’ll return next season.
Garafolo adds that Burrow might not return for the start of the season depending on his recovery but the Bengals anticipate having him back next year.
Bengals DL coach Nick Eason tested positive for COVID-19 and the team is undergoing contact tracing to determine any other close contacts. (Tom Pelissero)
NFL Media’s Ian Rapoport reports the Browns, once again, placed a waiver claim for DE Takk McKinley, who ultimately ended up with the Raiders on Monday.
This is the third waiver claim the Browns have placed on McKinley in as many weeks. Should McKinley fail a third consecutive physical for a new team, it would not be surprising to see the Browns place a fourth claim for him.
The Athletic’s Jeff Zrebiec writes Ravens second-round RB J.K. Dobbins‘ placement on the COVID-19 list throws a wrench in what appeared to be the rookie taking over the backfield.
Zrebiec adds it’s clear veteran RB Mark Ingram is struggling to be as explosive as he was last year. While he’s a key leader for the team, Zrebiec notes it’s not out of the question Ingram becomes a gameday inactive if Baltimore needs the spot elsewhere.
The Athletic’s Ed Bouchette writes the Steelers might need to cut some veteran players this offseason. He mentions G David DeCastro ($8.75 million salary), CB Joe Haden ($7 million) and TE Vance McDonald ($5.2 million) as potential cut candidates.
Steelers QB Ben Roethlisberger is pleased with how his elbow is holding up despite the heavy workload this year: “It feels really good, except when I bang it on the ground. But surgically-wise, it feels good.” (Brooke Pryor)